The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a consumer safety advisory about the danger of counterfeit air bags. The fake air bags, which are supposed to inflate at the time of an accident, may not deploy, or may instead release dangerous metal shrapnel at the time of inflation, the agency said in a statement.
Fortunately, the problem is believed to impact less than 0.1 percent of all vehicles in the U.S. The only cars at risk are those that have had an air bag replaced by a repair shop that is not affiliated with an auto dealership, according to the statement. The NHTSA also warned that salvaged and rebuilt used cars might have the fakes.
The agency said it has been working with the Justice Department and other federal agencies to stop the importation and installation of counterfeit air bags. Many of the fake air bags that are sold are affiliated with organizes crime which is why the Justice Department has taken on an important role in the investigation.
Virginians who have had air bags replaced in the past three years by shops not affiliated with dealerships are asked to go to www.SaferCar.gov for more information.
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