Motorists urged to check their car for deadly airbags

RACQ has again urged Queensland drivers to replace their potentially deadly Takata airbags, as it was revealed the website had been used 11 million times to check for vehicles affected by the compulsory recall.

These checks identified more than 1.82 million vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbag inflators which had the potential to kill or seriously injure vehicle drivers and passengers.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said while the Club was pleased so many motorists had used the website, it was a timely reminder for drivers to check the status of their vehicle.

“There are still thousands of cars on the road with these faulty Takata airbags, which can go off and release sharp metal fragments inside the vehicle at high speed, and cause serious injury or death to the occupants,” Mr Spalding said.

“A simple check could save a life. All you need to do is visit the website or text the word TAKATA to 0487 247 224.”

Mr Spalding said the State Government had already sent letters out to some vehicle owners threatening to cancel registration unless the issue was rectified.

“The message is simple, check your vehicle’s status and if it does have a faulty airbag, book it in straight away to get fixed free of charge. You can’t afford to put this off any longer.”