Fraudulent Air Bags Could Pose Serious Dangers, The Government Warns

October 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Car Safety

According to several news agencies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that a consumer warning has been issued regarding problems with several air bag systems that had been installed in vehicles involved in accidents.

Reports show that the counterfeit air bags that were placed in vehicles that were damaged in crashes may look certified, however, they do not inflate correctly or when they deploy, shredded pieces of metal shrapnel are released.

The federal agency has reported that since this issue poses a serious injury hazard and threatens the lives of those who are occupying a vehicle equipped with these counterfeit air bags, the Transportation Secretary claimed that all consumers should be aware of what vehicles may have been equipped with the defective air bags at once.

No injuries or deaths have been reported in association with these defective air bags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, however, consumers who may have purchased a vehicle that underwent an air bag replacement should contact their vehicle’s manufacturer to make sure the cars were taken to factory-backed car dealership repair shops in the last three years.

If manufacturers purchased the replacement air bags online or at independent repair shops, your vehicle could be in the list of cars that may need an inspection.

At this moment, the federal agency is investigating the situation and should have a better idea of the extent of the issue soon. Most of the fraudulent air bags have been manufactured and exported to the country by Chinese companies, according to the news.

In August, according to the Consumer Reports, several counterfeit air bags were seized in North Carolina. All products were being imported by a Chinese businessman who has decided to plead guilty to the counts of importing fraudulent safety devices.

The Consumer Reports website has listed all models and automakers that may have been equipped with the potentially counterfeit air bags and consumers are asked to look into this list to make sure their vehicles are in the clear.

Some of the vehicles that may have been furnished with the defective air bags are the 2009 through 2011 Audi TSX, the 2007 through 2009 BMW X5 and 5 Series, the Chevrolet 2011 and 2012 Cruze, Volt and Aveo, the 2006 through 2011 Honda Civic, the 2005 through 2009 Ford Mustang, the 2006 through 2011 Lexus IS250, IS350, IS-F, the 2004, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Mazda3, the 2007 through 2011 Toyota Yaris, the 2010 through 2012 Toyota Prius and the 2006 through 2010 Volkswagen Jetta.

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