Car dealerships remain open for Takata airbag repairs amid Coronavirus pandemic

Queenslanders urged not to put their safety on hold.

Car manufacturers are reminding Queensland motorists not to let the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic delay the deadly Takata airbag recalls.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive Tony Weber said many dealerships across the state remained open and were ready to fix the faulty airbags which have the potential to seriously injure, maim and kill drivers and passengers.

“Vehicle owners should not delay or they will risk the safety of themselves and their passengers,” Mr Weber said.

“We understand this is a very stressful time in our community, but we can’t afford to lose sight of the safety of our cars, especially when private transport has now become so important.”

Mr Weber said thousands of vehicles throughout Queensland were still affected by the Takata airbag recall.

“Car manufacturers have replaced more than 733,000* faulty airbags in Queensland, which represents more than 93%* of affected airbags,” Mr Weber said.

“But we still have 51,484* faulty airbags on the road in Queensland that require urgent replacement. This includes 2274* of the highly dangerous Alpha and critical airbags.

“Owners of vehicles with faulty airbags need to understand the real danger to anybody who rides in their car and stop exposing themselves, their families and their friends to unnecessary risk.”

Mr Weber urged motorists to check the recall status of their vehicles by visiting ismyairbagsafe.com.au and act promptly for a free repair if affected.

“We urge all motorists to act now to ensure the safety of your loved ones,” he said.

“It’s a very simple check. Just go to the website and enter your vehicle’s registration number and state or territory. You can also check by texting TAKATA to 0487 AIRBAG (247 224).”

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The reminder comes after the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) sent letters to 60 vehicle owners in March, warning them that their registration would be cancelled in 28 days unless they replaced their airbags.

RACQ Principal Technical Researcher Russell Manning said he supported TMR’s decision.

“We’re amazed the government had to resort to such drastic action,” Mr Manning said.

“These defective airbags have killed at least 24 people and seriously injured hundreds, yet we have people ignoring repeated requests to access their vehicles for free repairs.”

Across Australia, the automotive industry has rectified more than 2.59 million vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall. A further 206,840 vehicles were deemed as unreplaceable. The figures represent more than 91% of the vehicles affected by the compulsory recall.

For more information on the Takata airbag recall and to check your vehicle, visit ismyairbagsafe.com.au.

*Figures correct as of 7 February 2020.