Urgent takata airbag warning

RACQ has issued an urgent warning to Queensland motorists after it was revealed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that 200,000 vehicles fitted with potentially deadly takata airbags were still on Aussie roads and 8000 were so dangerous they should not be driven at all.

The Club’s Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the warnings had to be taken seriously.

“This unprecedented global recall has been going on for years and motorists need to take action now if their vehicle has been affected,” Mr Spalding said.

“It is scary to think 200,000 vehicles fitted with the airbags are still on our roads.

“If you check now, car dealerships are still providing replacement airbags free of charge.

“Now is the perfect time to get it checked, as dealerships are still open and you can have it looked at before the amount of travel you do increases again.”

Mr Spalding said more than four million airbags in more than three million vehicles in Australia were originally affected by the Takata compulsory recall due to the potentially deadly airbags.

“The airbags were installed in certain models of Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mazda and Lexus cars sold between 2001 and 2004,” he said.

“Takata airbags that have been affected can misdeploy and send sharp metal fragments into the vehicle at high speed.

“If they go off, they can cause serious injury or death and it’s not a risk any motorist should be taking. Please, go and get them checked.”

A full list of cars affected could be found here.