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

The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

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?

The good news is that the odds are in your favor. The counterfeit airbags only began appearing about three years ago, so if you haven’t had yours replaced during that time, you’re likely in fine shape. In all, NHTSA says that the fake bags affect just 0.1% of the U.S. fleet.

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