NHTSA Warns Car Owners About Counterfeit Air Bags image

The Obama administration warns car owners that the vehicle’s airbags may not inflate properly if the car was repaired after a collision.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials try to make car owners aware that there might be “tens of thousands of counterfeit air bags” in vehicles repaired after collisions. They have released a list with almost 100 vehicles that might have counterfeit air bags, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Mustang, Ford Focus, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Jetta and Toyota Prius.

“We want consumers to be immediately aware of this problem and to review our safety information to see if their vehicle could be in need of inspection,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.

NHTSA said that the cars that are at risk are the ones which had an air bag replaced over the past three years by a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership. Air bags which were installed by automakers on the assembly line or by new car dealerships are not at risk. Customers who have their cars repaired after a crash in a repair shop should contact automakers’ call centers and gave their vehicle inspected.