Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a consumer safety advisory to let repair professionals and vehicle owners know about the dangers that are associated with counterfeit airbags.
Officials with the NHTSA have recently become aware of a problem that involves the fake bags. They’ve been sold as replacement bags for cars that have been involved in an accident in which the airbags were deployed.
You might not be able to tell that these airbags are fake just by looking at them, as they have all of the logos printed on them, but there have been a number of tests that show they’re not only fake, but they’re extremely unsafe and put your family at some serious risks for injury in the event of an accident.
Our Asheville car accident lawyers are asking all drivers to use caution when selecting replacement parts for a wrecked vehicle. Typically your insurance carrier or the insurer of the at-fault driver, will recommend a body shop. In most cases, going to an independent shop is your right and can help prevent you from being defrauded by subpar replacement parts.
Officials have yet to pinpoint which vehicles they’ve been installed in, but are developing a list of makes and models in which the fake bags have been found. While these airbags have only been reported to have affected about 0.1 percent of the vehicles on our roadways, there are still thousands who are at risk. If you’ve had your airbags replaced within the last 3 years, then you’re one of the ones who are at risk. If this is you, then you should call the center that has been established by the auto manufacturer to have your vehicle checked out, at the manufacturer’s expense, and should have your airbags replaced if need be. You can find a full list of these call centers and more information on the Safe Car website.
“Anytime equipment that is critical to protecting drivers and passengers fails to operate properly, it is a serious safety concern,” said Ray LaHood, the Transportation Secretary.
All vehicle parts should meet safety standards that have been set forth by the federal government — even airbags. These devices serve a crucial role in helping to keep motorists safe in the event of an accident. It’s the job of repair professionals and auto dealers to make sure that they’re using the proper equipment — and to fix the problem when an error has been made.
These kinds of organized economic crimes have no regard for consumer safety. Officials are on the hunt for those responsible. Regardless, it’s the public who is at risk. It’s important for you to keep up with information like this, and with vehicle and product recalls. Again, you’re urged to check out the Safe Car website to keep an eye on the recalled products and news releases to help to make sure that you and your family are safe out there. Oftentimes, consumers are never alerted about dangerous recalls and so are at serious risks for accidents and injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
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