Counterfeit Product Could Result in Serious Injury
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BBB routinely warns consumers about counterfeit prescription drugs, handbags, luggage, Rolex watches, even counterfeit designer branded perfumes.... Not knowing about this counterfeit product could result in serious injury
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday warned consumers about counterfeit airbags made at overseas manufacturers and installed in cars throughout the U.S. The counterfeits have been found in more than 75 different makes and models, both domestic and internationally made cars, and could affect thousands of individuals.
Investigators cautioned that even though this affects less than 0.1 percent of vehicles, the danger to those vehicles is extreme including airbags not deploying, partially deploying or catching fire So far they are unaware of any death or injury from the counterfeit airbags.
Just this year more than 2,500 counterfeit airbags have been confiscated in Tennessee and North Carolina
These counterfeits were manufactured overseas, fraudulently labeled and then illegally imported into the U.S. The fake air bags look almost identical to factory equipment and the counterfeit will have branding logos of major car manufacturers
These seemingly genuine airbags are shoddy fakes that pose a significant safety hazard when they fail to deploy
Consumers are at risk if:
- They have had the airbag replaced in the last three years, at a repair shop not associated with a new car dealership
- Purchased a used car that had its airbag replaced.
- Own a car titled branded salvage, rebuilt or reconstructed
- Got a "too good to be true" deal for airbag replacement.
- Purchased their airbag from online ad, internet sites such as eBay, Craigslist or other non-certified outlet.
Because these faulty bags are not the fault of car manufacturers or dealers, this is not a mandatory recall and consumers would pay out of pocket to replace the airbag.
For a list of Manufacturer Call Centers consumers are directed to: www.safercar.gov
Officials urge anyone who has suspicions about their airbags to take their car to an expert for testing and replacement.
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