The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has launched a new website and powerful advertising campaign urging vehicle owners to check if their vehicles are fitted with a faulty Takata airbag inflator.
The new website, www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au allows vehicle owners to quickly and easily look up their number plate and state against the database of vehicles affected by the nation-wide recall.
The advertising campaign message, "Don't Die Wondering" is confronting and aimed at more than 1.6 million vehicle owners whose Takata airbag inflators currently need replacing or will need to be replaced in the future.
24 deaths and 266 injuries caused by faulty Takata airbag inflators have been reported worldwide. One of those deaths occurred in Australia.
RACT General Manager of Mobility Services Darren Moody said that people have been contacted by letter, phone and text message and are still not taking the airbag recall seriously.
There are still 33,000 vehicles in Tasmania affected by the Takata recall and there are 250 vehicles in Tasmania installed with the critical Takata 'alpha' airbags.
"People with Takata 'alpha' airbags in cars manufactured between 2001 and 2004 are particularly at risk," Mr Moody said.
Models include Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mazda and Lexus.
"They have been rated high-risk and people should not be driving vehicles with Takata 'alpha' airbags."
In some cases there is a one-in-two chance of Takata 'alpha' airbag inflators rupturing and propelling metal fragments and shards throughout the vehicle cabin when deployed in a crash. This can cause serious injury or death to vehicle occupants.
Vehicles installed with Takata 'alpha' airbags should not be driven and the vehicle manufacturers should be contacted immediately.
Make sure you and your loved ones are not underestimating the seriousness of this national recall and don't die wondering.
Check if your vehicle is affected via www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au