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 family.

If your air bag has been replaced in the past three years, it’s important to contact the service center that did the work and ask to see the records indicating where your bags came from. If that is not an option, give us a call here at your Overland Park car repair shop and we can determine if the bag is original equipment or if you may be in danger.

The NHTSA has determined counterfeit air bags are available for the following cars:

Acura
2009-11 TSX
Audi
2006-09 A3, A4, A6, A8, Q5, Q7
BMW
2007-11 X5, E70, E60, E61
2008-10 5-series, 528i, 535i
2004-07 5-Series, 525i, 530, 535, E60, E61
2007-11 E90, E91
E92, E93 (unspecified years)
2007-11 X5, E70
2004-07 525i, 530, 535
2011-12 X3
Buick
2010-11 Lacrosse
Chevrolet
2011-12 Cruze
2006-10 Aveo
2011-12 Volt
2012 Camaro
Ford
2012 Focus
2005-09 Mustang
Honda
2003-12 Accord
2006-11 Civic
2002-11 CRV
2007-11 Fit
2009-11 Pilot
2009-11 Insight
2009-11 Crosstour
2011 Odyssey
Hyundai
2007-11 Elantra
Genesis (unspecified years)
Sonata (unspecified years)
Infiniti
2007-11 G35, EX35
Kia
2010-11 Soul/Forte
2004-09 Spectra
Land Rover
2012 Range Rover Evoque
Lexus
2006-11 IS250, IS350, IS-F
2003-08 GX470
2007-09 RX350
ES350 (unspecified years)
Mazda
2004 Mazda 3
2010-12 Mazda 3
Mercedes
2009-11 C, GLK
2010-11 E350, E550
2007-08 S550
2006-09 ML
2009-10 GL, ML
Mitsubishi
Outlander (unspecified years)
Nissan
1992-2002 Quest
2010-11 Quest
2009-11 Cube
2007-11 Versa
2009-10 Murano
Altima (unspecified years)
Subaru
2008-09 Forester
2008-09 Impreza
2008-09 Outback
2010-11 Legacy
Suzuki
2007-10 SX4
Toyota
2002-06 Camry
2012 Camry
2009-11 Corolla, Matrix
2007-11 Yaris
2004-11 Highlander
2004-11 Sienna
2004-11 Tacoma
2010-12 Prius
2003-11 Tundra
2003-06 Sequoia
2003-10 Land Cruiser
2004-10 Highlander
2004-09 4Runner
2007-09 Solara
2005-11 RAV4
Volkswagen
2006-10 Jetta
Volvo
XC60, XC70 (unspecified years)
V70, S60, S80 (unspecified years)

Again, please give us a call at New Concept Auto Service in Overland Park if you have concerns about your vehicle’s air bags.