Takata regos cancelled a necessary step: RACQ

RACQ has thrown its support behind the plan to cancel the registrations of vehicles fitted with deadly Takata airbags if owners ignored the recall.

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Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads told the Courier Mail if owners with high risk Takata airbags failed to comply with defect notices requiring them to be replaced, then the vehicle’s registration could be cancelled.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said car owners with the more serious ‘alpha’ airbags have had plenty of warning since the recall was announced at the start of the year.

“Alpha airbags pose a serious risk to the safety of drivers and passengers and could explode at any given moment – they’ve already taken so many lives,” Mr Spalding said.

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“Frustratingly, some owners have not taken these warnings seriously and haven’t had the necessary recall work done – so we support the State stepping in.”

The move came just days after South Australian authorities announced tough new restrictions on registration renewals for Takata affected vehicles.

Mr Spalding encouraged drivers who had received a recall notification for the ‘alpha’ airbags to act immediately.

“Stop driving immediately and get it replaced – this isn’t something you can put off,” he said.

“You can also proactively check if your vehicle is affected by entering your registration details online.”

Drivers could check if their vehicle was impacted by the recall online.