Automakers Respond to Counterfeit Airbags Concern

October 10, 2012

Today NHTSA will announce that counterfeit airbags have been found in the U.S. Here is the statement of automakers.

“If you bought your car or light truck new and the airbags have never been replaced or were replaced under warranty using original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, there is no issue.

“For everyone else, if you have some question or concern whether your airbags may be counterfeit, you are advised to contact your dealer, repair shop or insurance company directly to find out if genuine OEM parts were used in your vehicle's repair. If you purchased a used vehicle, a commercial website such as Carfax may be able to identify if your vehicle has been in an accident.

“And, if you purchased your airbag online through an auction site or website where you cannot trace the origins of the part, you should take action promptly.

“Today’s announcement by the government that some consumers may have counterfeit airbags installed in their vehicles highlights a growing problem. The proliferation of counterfeit auto replacement parts is a global concern because the lower quality of many copy-cat products poses potentially serious safety implications for drivers and occupants.

“Unfortunately, most consumers never see the parts going into their vehicles or know whether they are genuine OEM replacement parts. Many independent repair shops may have thought they were buying quality OEM parts but instead received fake or rebuilt parts instead. Counterfeiting thrives when it is difficult to spot a fake.”