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Feds Warn of Injury Risks from Fake Airbags

by Shalimar S. Wallis on 11/08/2012

If you are a motorist whose car was involved recently in an accident, and underwent repairs at a repair shop, then it is possible that your car was outfitted with counterfeit airbags.  At least one major federal agency is warning consumers that thousands of people may be driving vehicles outfitted with these counterfeit airbags that look very similar to the real thing. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that motorists who have been involved in auto accidents and had their vehicles repaired at a repair shop instead of a car dealership, may be at the highest risk of such fraud.

The agency says that it has conducted testing of these counterfeit airbags, and found that out of 11 fake airbags, 10 failed to inflate at all, or failed to inflate properly.  In at least one test, the airbags shot out flames and small pieces of metal at the crash test dummy upon deployment. 

You don't have to be a San Antonio personal injury lawyer to know that if the airbag had deployed in real life and shards of metal had shot out, the occupant could have been at a serious risk of injuries.

If you believe that your car could possibly have been equipped with these fake airbags, you can visit www.safercar.gov , and learn how to contact a call center of your car manufacturer.  This can help you identify whether your car is one of those for which fake airbags have been made. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has compiled a list of automobile models for which fake counterfeit airbags are confirmed to have been manufactured.  If your car is on that list, and your car has undergone repairs at a repair shop over the past 3 years, then you are advised to take your car in to inspect the airbags.

Tags: Automotive Defects, Airbags, Automobile Accidents, NHTSA

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