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At Center for Auto Safety, a New Leader for a New Era

Since 1970 the tiny Center for Auto Safety has wielded enormous influence through its campaigns to recall vehicles for safety-related defects and to push states to enact consumer protections such as lemon laws. But consumer advocates say the Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit is entering a new and perhaps more challenging environment under the …

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Air bag recalls involve 1.3 million vehicles in U.S.

In one of the biggest auto-safety moves of the year, automakers on Thursday recalled more than 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S., part of 3 million worldwide for faulty air bags that could deploy and injure passengers.

The recall urges owners of certain older Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, General Motors and BMW vehicles to take their cars to dealerships. There, mechanics may need to replace faulty canisters that contain the propellant that activates air bags.

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Phony Airbags: What To Do If You Have Them On Your Car

As we mentioned yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an alert to U.S. car owners, warning them that their car could be carrying counterfeit airbags.

Although NHTSA says that no deaths or injuries have been associated with the recently discovered glut of fake airbags, the devices have performed miserably in tests. In some cases, they've expelled metal shrapnel into vehicles, and in other cases, the bags haven't deployed at all.

How can you be sure that your vehicle's airbags are legit?

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