Are you driving one of 90,000 deadly cars?

RACQ has pleaded with drivers to stop putting lives at risk and take the Takata recall seriously, after it was revealed there were more than 15,000 cars in Queensland still being driven with the deadly airbags.

The Courier Mail reported in Australia there was more than 90,000 cars requiring urgent attention, with more than 8,000 in the wider Brisbane area alone.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was shocking these vehicles were still being driven on Queensland roads.

“Drivers need to take this recall seriously and understand cars with these airbags are downright deadly,” Ms Ritchie said. 

“Takata airbags can explode in a crash and sadly we’ve already seen people in Australia die. If you’re still using an affected vehicle, you’re putting your life and your passengers lives at risk.

“All defective ‘alpha’ and ‘beta’ Takata airbags must be replaced by 31 December this year and motorists who refuse to risk having their rego cancelled.”

Ms Ritchie said owners of affected vehicles should have been notified by their manufacturer but urged drivers to double check any recalls online by visiting ismyairbagsafe.com.au.

“It’s very simple, all you need to do is put in the vehicle’s registration number and the state or territory it’s registered in,” she said. 

“There’s really no reason to put this off any longer, the airbags will be replaced for free and by doing so, you may prevent a terrible tragedy.”