January 31, 2015
If you replaced your car's airbag in the past three years, take note: the new airbag *could* be an unsafe fake.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA ("nit-sah") issued a warning this week that counterfeit airbags pose a danger to drivers.
Last month, authorities tested ten fake airbags seized as part of a criminal investigation.
All ten failed.
So far, there are no known injuries or deaths resulting from the counterfeits.
NHTSA says only a very small number of vehicles may have fakes.
They say you could be at risk if you had airbags replaced within the last three years at a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership, if you bought a used car without knowing its full history, or if you bought a "salvaged" or rebuilt car.
Airbags purchased over the internet may also be unsafe.