NHTSA Urges Customers to Replace Their Counterfeit Air Bags image

Yesterday, October 10th, government’s officials warned car owners of the risk of counterfeit air bags installed after a car crash.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland presented a list with 100 models that could have counterfeit air bags and also played two videos, one showing a counterfeit bag partially inflating during a crash test, while in the second one people could see flames and shards of metal flying into a test dummy. NHTSA tested 12 counterfeit air bags and none of them worked properly.

“We strongly encourage consumers that if you think you have a counterfeit air bag, that you need to get inspected — and if it is counterfeit, you need to get it replaced,” Strickland said.

He targeted especially customers who had their air bags replaced at independent shops which offer very good deals on air bag replacements, but no safety assurances. The NHTSA encouraged customers to contact automakers’ call centers and have their vehicle inspected, although it might cost them $100 or more. Officials have concerns that customers, who are aware of the fact that they have counterfeit air bags installed, will be willing to pay more than $1,000 for an authorized one.