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Nine months before a Sydney man was killed by a faulty Takata airbag, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) was warned by one of its own senior officials that “long and unnecessary delays” in the commission’s handling of the airbag recall posed a risk to the public.

The consumer safety official sent his formal warning via an internal ACCC whistleblowing process in October 2016, Inq can reveal.

A young Darwin woman was also severely injured as the result of a Takata airbag explosion in April 2017. She is now blind in one eye and has lifelong brain injuries.