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Are your air bags counterfeit?

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a consumer safety advisory regarding counterfeit air bags. These air bags, which look exactly like the original equipment parts, may be affecting a tenth of a percent of the cars on our roads. In an accident they may discharge shrapnel at the driver, or even fail to deploy. Those who need to pay attention to this serious matter include anyone who has had an air bag replaced in the last three years; anyone who has purchased a used car that may have had its air bags deployed; or anyone with a vehicle title stating “salvage,” “rebuilt,” or “reconstructed.” You should be particularly concerned if you or your auto technician have purchased an air bag from a non-certified source such as eBay, especially if the cost was less than $400. The NHTSA says these air bags are being sold by “organized criminals” who don’t give a hoot about your safety or that of your f ... read more