The FCAI reported today that Australians have made over 12 million vehicle checks on the industry’s Takata airbag compulsory recall website: www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au.
These checks have identified more than two million vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbag inflators which have the potential to kill or seriously injure vehicle occupants. The 12 million milestone represents more than 67% of the 17.8 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles on Australian roads.
“The website has been an outstanding success in helping people identify whether their vehicles are affected by the national Takata recall. The heavy usage of the website clearly demonstrates that vehicle owners appreciate being able to readily access important safety information,” said Tony Weber, FCAI chief executive.
Across Australia, car manufacturers have replaced faulty Takata airbags in more than 2.72 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, and Weber said that while the deadline for the Takata airbag campaign had passed, manufacturers were committed to ensuring ongoing support for affected vehicle owners.
“We will continue hosting the website through early 2021 to ensure vehicle owners can readily check the recall status of their vehicles. If owners identify any outstanding faulty airbags, manufacturers and dealers will replace them free of charge.”
Weber warned vehicle owners that state and territory governments were now deregistering or refusing registration of vehicles fitted with unrectified Takata airbags.
“Don’t let your vehicle be taken off the road by the authorities,” he said. “Vehicle owners can easily avoid the inconvenience and serious legal risks associated with deregistration by making prompt arrangements for free replacement”.
Vehicle owners unsure of the recall status of their vehicles can immediately check by visiting the website or by texting the word TAKATA to 0487 247 224.
Unregistered vehicles can also be checked by contacting the relevant brand directly.