As the Takata airbag recall winds down, car owners are again being urged to have their vehicles checked – or risk being forced off the road.
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Car owners are being urged to check the Takata recall status of their vehicles or risk having their cars forced off the road by state and territory government legislation.

Faulty Takata airbags that can kill or seriously injure occupants have affected 3.06 million cars in Australia, forcing a mass recall that is now, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, 99.9 per cent complete.

The official recall notice ended on 31 December 2020, but the FCAI’s chief executive Tony Weber is urging car owners to prevent their vehicle’s registration from being cancelled – by checking the Takata airbag status of their cars.

“Our industry has completed more than 99.9 per cent of the 3.06 million vehicle recall,” said Mr Weber. “This is an outstanding result and reflects a determined and cooperative effort by manufacturers, dealers and vehicle owners.

“There are some vehicles that are still equipped with faulty airbags. We want to ensure those vehicles are rectified before state and territory governments cancel or refuse to renew the registration of the vehicles involved.”

A faulty Takata airbag can spray lethal shrapnel into the cabin, which can kill or seriously injure occupants. Globally, 32 have died as a result of faulty Takata units, while a further 350 have been injured.

While the majority of car owners have complied with recall notices, a small percentage had ignored the warnings, and continued to drive their potentially deadly vehicles.

Further ignorance of warnings will result in governments issuing registration sanctions that will force those cars off the road if they aren’t checked immediately and have the faulty airbags replaced.

Further, the various state and territory legislations will deny transfer of ownership on cars where the recall notice has been ignored and the airbags not replaced.

“Owners of vehicles with faulty airbags should reach out to their local dealer to arrange for immediate repair,” said Mr Weber. “It is critical these vehicle owners do not ignore any manufacturer or government agency communication. The industry is committed to promptly assisting them to ensure their vehicles can safely stay on our roads.”

Owners are urged to check their vehicle’s airbag status on the industry’s Takata airbag recall website, www.IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au, or by texting TAKATA to 0487 AIRBAG (247 224).

Those with unregistered vehicles can check their car's Takata airbag status by contacting the relevant manufacturer directly.