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Car manufacturers have reminded vehicle owners that dealerships are open and ready to complete the rectification of faulty Takata airbags.

A faulty Takata airbag has the potential to seriously injure, or even kill, vehicle drivers and passengers.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) chief executive, Tony Weber, said vehicle owners could easily check the recall status of their vehicles by visiting the industry website

“We understand this is a very stressful time in our community, but we can’t afford to lose sight of the safety of our cars, especially when private transport has now become so important.

“Vehicle owners should not delay or they will risk the safety of themselves and their passengers,” Mr Weber said.

Mr Weber said many dealerships of the brands impacted by the Takata airbag recall were currently open and able to make the necessary arrangements with vehicle owners to replace faulty airbags. All rectification work was free.

Australians have made more than 10.1 million vehicle checks on the automotive industry’s Takata Airbag recall website Of these, more than 1.6 million vehicles had been found to be equipped with faulty airbag inflators.

Vehicle owners still unsure of the recall status of their vehicles should immediately check by visiting the industry website or by texting the word TAKATA to 0487 247 224. A vehicle’s recall status can be identified simply by entering the registration plate number and state or territory.

Mr Weber said the automotive industry had rectified more than 2.59 million vehicles affected by the Takata Airbag recall. A further 206,840 vehicles had been identified as unreplaceable. This represents the processing of more than 91 per cent of vehicles affected by the compulsory national recall.