Is my Airbag safe?

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - MOTOR GUIDE - By EWAN KENNEDY

THE Queens­land Gov­ern­ment is show­ing strong and coura­geous lead­er­ship in is­su­ing de­fect no­tices to own­ers of over 2000 ve­hi­cles fit­ted with dan­ger­ous ‘al­pha’ type Takata airbags, a move that the Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries (FCAI) wel­comes and one that could lead to the can­cel­la­tion of reg­is­tra­tion if ‘al­pha’ Takata airbags are not re­placed within 21 days.

FCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony We­ber noted that the de­ci­sion is an ef­fec­tive re­sponse in the in­ter­ests of the safety of mo­torists and pas­sen­gers across Queens­land.

“We ap­plaud the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment for act­ing so de­ci­sively on this im­por­tant pub­lic safety is­sue,” Mr We­ber said.

“The in­dus­try has been do­ing its ab­so­lute ut­most to raise aware­ness of this se­ri­ous pub­lic safety is­sue across Aus­tralia, urg­ing peo­ple to take ac­tion and check whether their ve­hi­cles’ airbags are af­fected.

“For ‘al­pha’ Takata airbags, which pose the great­est risk, state and ter­ri­tory reg­is­tra­tion agen­cies can greatly as­sist the in­dus­try’s ef­forts to re­move these ve­hi­cles from the road for rec­ti­fi­ca­tion,” Mr We­ber added.

Queens­land’s de­ci­sion builds on moves in South Aus­tralia, and soon in Tas­ma­nia, to refuse ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion to af­fected ve­hi­cles.

The FCAI urged mo­torists to fol­low up and act on the in­for­ma­tion avail­able via the web­site or the Face­book page (IsMyAirBagSafe).

Car own­ers can sim­ply en­ter their reg­is­tra­tion num­ber and state into the web­site and re­ceive a re­sponse within sec­onds about their airbag sta­tus.

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