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Goodness gracious, great balls of FIAH!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a warning to all consumers in the U.S. that have had automobiles repaired after collisions that required airbag replacement. According to the NHTSA, millions of cars that were repaired could have counterfeit Chinese airbags that may not function properly.
 
NHTSA officials believe that "tens of thousands of counterfeit airbags" may be used in vehicles that were repaired in the U.S. NHTSA officials also say that the majority, if not all, of the replacement airbags were made in China.
 
"We want consumers to be immediately aware of this problem and to review our safety information to see if their vehicle could be in need of inspection," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.
 
The NHTSA says that it is not aware of any deaths or injuries connected to the counterfeit airbags at this time.


The counterfeit airbags cost less than 10% of the price of a legit part. [Image Source: Paramount Pictures]
 
The list of vehicles that could have counterfeit airbags installed has nearly 100 different vehicles, including some very popular cars. The list of vehicles that could potentially have counterfeit airbags includes the Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Accord, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Volt, Volkswagen Jetta, and the Nissan Altima.
 
Drivers of vehicles that have had an airbag replaced within the last three years by a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership could be at risk according to the warning. The counterfeit airbags look nearly identical to certified original equipment replacement parts and even have insignia and branding of major automakers.
 
The NHTSA conducted a test of 11 counterfeit airbags. During the tests, the majority of these airbags didn't work or only partially worked. Some the airbags threw shrapnel towards the driver during an accident. The counterfeit airbags were sold to repair shops for between $50 and $70 while legitimate parts cost between $700 and $1,000.
 
This isn't the first time China has been accused of producing counterfeit products for U.S. consumption. The U.S. alleges that counterfeit Chinese electronics have shown up in its military aircraft.

Source: Detroit News



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More Chinese CRAP
By Beenthere on 10/10/2012 10:13:00 AM , Rating: 2
Some people don't care and they should go to prison for fraud.




RE: More Chinese CRAP
By NellyFromMA on 10/10/2012 10:20:24 AM , Rating: 2
It's not fraud. In fact, Insurance agencies promote this very behavior.

Once again why I will state the insurance business model is a sham that never benefits the community at large.


RE: More Chinese CRAP
By ClownPuncher on 10/10/2012 2:11:34 PM , Rating: 2
Of course insurance is largely a scam. Unfortunately, we are stuck with it (or face fines/jail).


RE: More Chinese CRAP
By renosablast on 10/10/2012 3:49:42 PM , Rating: 2
It is not the "agencies" behind this; it it the CLAIMS departments (at the direction of insurance industry executives) that are behind this. Many of the agencies are also appalled at how the companies they represent sometimes treat people when it comes to paying claims. Since 85% of the autobody repair facilities are in bed with the insurance companies in order to get work "referred" to them, they are merely following their "master"'s orders when it comes to how the vehicle is repaired -- right down to which supplier to order inferior parts from.

Until Congress grows a pair and starts enforcing laws that are already on the books that outlaw this type of "business relationship", nothing will change. Oh yeah, they also receive major campaign donations from the insurers, so that ain't ever gonna happen.


price gouging
By zhivaji on 10/10/2012 10:50:33 AM , Rating: 2
$700-1000 for a single airbag .. sounds like price gouging. No wonder counterfeits are appearing.
Still no excuse to install counterfeit ones. I bet the owners turns around and sells the vehicle to unsuspecting buyers..




RE: price gouging
By kmmatney on 10/10/2012 12:22:16 PM , Rating: 3
The owners won't have any clue about their airbags. The price of $700-$1000 does seem ridiculous for an airbags especially considering the quantity these are manufactured in. I don't get why you can't make a quality airbag at a price somewhere in-between these extremes.


**Shakes head**
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 10/10/2012 9:15:13 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The counterfeit airbags were sold to repair shops for between $50 and $70 while legitimate parts cost between $700 and $1,000.


Yeah, like that wasn't a red flag to the repair shops...

Always looking to save a buck and charge the customer/insurance company insane rates for repairs.




RE: **Shakes head**
By DanNeely on 10/10/2012 10:01:32 AM , Rating: 2
I'd weep for the future except that I ran out of tears years ago.


I see the problem
By 91TTZ on 10/10/2012 12:20:37 PM , Rating: 3
NHTSA officials believe that "tens of thousands of counterfeit airbags" may be using vehicles that were repaired in the U.S.

They installed vehicles in the airbags whereas it should be the other way around.




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