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NHTSA Alerting Consumers to Dangers of Counterfeit Air Bags

GasBuddy Blog -- Accidents happen. Have a car that's been involved in an accident? Did you buy a car that had been in an accident? Are you sure the airbags in your vehicle are genuine and will work in an accident? The NHTSA has some alarming but important news for motorists.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a consumer safety advisory to alert vehicle owners and repair professionals to the dangers of counterfeit air bags. NHTSA has become aware of a problem involving the sale of counterfeit air bags for use as replacement parts in vehicles that have been involved in a crash. While these air bags look nearly identical to certified, original equipment parts—including bearing the...


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captcarl5
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whats next Google can track everyone on the road by the module that helps run the car?
datsundriver
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 1:55:43 PM

All you people pissing and moaning about this is an "old" story should remember a couple of things:

Everybody does not come to this site every day.

This was on the national news several days ago, so why did you read it here yesterday or again today. It was already "old".

Almost everything posted on gasbuddy is "old" because it is copied or lifted from some other publication. If you do not want to read any "old" news then do not read the gasbuddy articles, because they have already been printed somewhere else earlier.

The people who are posting the articles believe they are of interest to gasbuddy readers. If you do not think so, then it is up to YOU to find some new articles to post for the rest of us to read.

And as for the other major complaint, when YOU find a new article to post, be sure it is about saving gas dollars and getting better milege, so everybody will not comment about "what does this have to so with saving money?"

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Skimo2012
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 4:15:15 PM

Counterfeit Air Bags? Ha Ha Ha Ha ha Ha
Marson
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 9:04:27 PM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 2:06:30 PM

Old News..
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:52:13 PM

bad
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:35:55 PM

This again!
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:09:02 PM

Old Post.
snappytom2
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:58:33 PM

What's a few counterfeit airbags here and there anyway? The Barbarians will blame Obama, while the rest of us will blame the Chinese auto parts manufacturers that Romney moved offshore to China. A little unregulation goes a long way.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:36:25 PM

wow
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Again?,...we have nothing else to pick from?
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:31:07 PM

yesterday's news..
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:25:38 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:22:50 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:21:33 PM

not news...
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String em up!
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These are really bad.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:16:56 PM

All you people pissing and moaning about this is an "old" story should remember a couple of things:

Everybody does not come to this site every day.

This was on the national news several days ago, so why did you read it here yesterday or again today. It was already "old".

Almost everything posted on gasbuddy is "old" because it is copied or lifted from some other publication. If you do not want to read any "old" news then do not read the gasbuddy articles, because they have already been printed somewhere else earlier.

The people who are posting the articles believe they are of interest to gasbuddy readers. If you do not think so, then it is up to YOU to find some new articles to post for the rest of us to read.

And as for the other major complaint, when YOU find a new article to post, be sure it is about saving gas dollars and getting better milege, so everybody will not comment about "what does this have to so with saving money?"

////////////////////end of rant for today///////////////////////
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:15:50 PM

Stick with the dealer.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:14:00 PM

NHTSA Alerting Consumers to Dangers of Counterfeit Air Bags? This is an instance when it pays to have repair work done at an authorized dealership. You want safety equipment to operate when the time comes, not just sit there with it's offical looking stickers. People have driven vehicles and trucks for years without seat belts and air bags, now there are Counterfeit Air Bags too? OMG! If this is a used vehicle and it has been in a wreck, you really don't know about the air bag, is it a used one or a new one? Will it work like it's supposed to or not?
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caveat emptor
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:11:20 PM

OLD NEWS
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:10:04 PM

Posted again???
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:09:41 PM

interesting
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Another scammer grooming himself for congress.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:09:20 PM

Thank you for the information.
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k
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:07:29 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:04:55 PM

and who wants to get rid of regulations?
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:03:37 PM

Where did these counterfeit bags come from?
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 12:00:56 PM

They should be prosecuted and open to major law suits.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:58:42 AM

greed
125MPDay
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:56:35 AM

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Old but still interesting. Here's my take:

You walk into a repair shop and ask for the cheapest air bag, irregardless if it works or not and even though 9 out of 10 times the INSURANCE company is footing YOUR bill. NO, NO, NOOOooo! This is what YOUR Car Insurance company is saying to the repair guy. China comes along and says 'we can do that' because we don't care and you can't come after us - someone dies well too bad, so sad. They have been thumbing their nose at any morality and ethics for years; Want some Lead Paint on a toy?! Some things are decent, but then exactly just how do you know for sure? I don't carry a lead test kit or radiation detector or etc. with me!

Fact is that the consumer has no part of this. The penny pinching Insurance companies are solely driving this conterfiet market. Our GUMENT, who we expect (and pay taxes) to PROTECT US & regulate the dirty deals the Insurance companies come up with, should have caught this immediately.

AGAIN I'LL SAY: Our Gument used to protect us from Big Business, now it protect Big Busniess FROM US!
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We should be put in a cocoon at birth, fed and pampered by robots til we die. Problem solved.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:54:42 AM

Buyer to salesman... can you tell me if the air bags are conterfeit?
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:54:23 AM

again
trekmanKY
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:54:04 AM

very old news!
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:53:17 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:52:37 AM


Insurance companies should guarantee your vehicle be re fitted with genuine bags at a certified dealer.We pay them enough whether we are at fault or not.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:50:08 AM

Yikes!
StephenOM
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:49:36 AM

This one's gonna blow up in someones face... just sayin'
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:49:15 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:43:11 AM

Knock-off products are a problem in every high priced commodity sold in the world. Unfortunately, when it happens with a safety item like an airbag, it could cost someone their life.
jbrad4
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:42:08 AM

When safety is concerned, you don't want to buy cheap.
matthwbar
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:41:16 AM

That's criminal...
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:38:26 AM

Those scumbags need to be caught and put away for life if someone dies from a bad airbag.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:37:18 AM

Another old posting
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:35:06 AM

not good; fortunately most of them are never needed
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:34:49 AM

Old article again.
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:33:39 AM

While the people making the counterfeit air bags are vile and should be prosecuted for criminal negligence, what do people expect when they take the cheapest option?
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2012 11:33:27 AM

something new please - how did it happen
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