Warning! Counterfeit Replacement Airbags

October 16, 2012 | Category: Unsafe Vehicles | Share

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Thousands of motorists could be at risk of injury because of dangerous mostly Chinese-made counterfeit replacement airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA).  Over the last three years many vehicle owners had their original airbags replaced by repair shops, not dealerships.

Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. recommends, "For motorists' safety, they should take their vehicles into a dealership to be inspected if they replaced their original airbags at a repair shop in the last three years." 

David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator said that NHTSA conducted 11 tests last month.  Ten of these tests resulted in the counterfeit airbags either not inflating properly or not inflating at all.  In one test a counterfeit bag shot flames and shards of metal shrapnel at the crash dummy instead of inflating.

NHTSA has issued a list of dozens of vehicle makes and models for which counterfeit airbags may be available.  However, they don't believe this is a complete list and expect the list to" evolve over time".  According to NHTSA only 0.1% of the U.S. vehicle fleet - about 250,000 cars on the road - are makes and models for which counterfeit airbags are known to be available.  Law enforcement has seized about 2,500 counterfeit airbags so far this year according to John Morton, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

As of October 10, 2012, NHTSA is aware of counterfeit airbags available for the following vehicle makes and models:

 

Make

Model Year(s)

Model(s)

Acura

2009-2011

TSX

Audi

2006-2009

A3, A4, A6, A8, Q5, Q7

BMW

2007-2011

X5, E70, E60, E61

2008-2010

5-series, 528i, 535i

2004-2007

5-Series, 525i, 530, 535, E60, E61

2007-2011

E90, E91

Not listed

E92, E93

2007-2011

X5, E70

2004-2007

525i, 530, 535

2011-2012

X3

Buick

2010-2011

Lacrosse

Chevrolet

2011-2012

Cruze

2006-2010

Aveo

2011-2012

Volt

2012

Camaro

Ford

2012

Focus

2005-2009

Mustang

Honda

2003-2012

Accord

2006-2011

Civic

2002-2011

CRV

2007-2011

Fit

2009-2011

Pilot

2009-2011

Insight

2009-2011

Crosstour

2011

Odyssey

Hyundai

2007-2011

Elantra

Not listed

Genesis

Not listed

Sonata

Infiniti

2007-2011

G35, EX35

Kia

2010-2011

Soul/Forte 

2004-2009

Spectra

Land Rover

2012

Range Rover Evoque

Lexus

2006-2011

IS250, IS350, IS-F

2003-2008

GX470

2007-2009

RX350

Not listed

ES350

Mazda

2004

Mazda 3

2010-2012

Mazda 3

Mercedes

2009-2011

C, GLK

2010-2011

E350, E550

2007-2008

S550

2006-2009

ML

2009-2010

GL, ML

Mitsubishi

Not listed

Outlander

Nissan

1992-2002

Quest

2010-2011

Quest

2009-2011

Cube

2007-2011

Versa

2009-2010

Murano

Not listed

Altima

Subaru

2008-2009

Forester

 

2008-2009

Imprezza

 

2008-2009

Outback

 

2010-2011

Legacy

Suzuki

2007-2010

SX4

Toyota

2002-2006

Camry

2012

Camry

2009-2011

Corolla, Matrix

2007-2011

Yaris

2004-2011

Highlander

2004-2011

Sienna

2004-2011

Tacoma

2010-2012

Prius

2003-2006

Tundra

2007-2011

Tundra

2003-2006

Sequoia

2003-2010

Land Cruiser

2004-2007

Highlander

2008-2010

Highlander

2004-2009

4Runner

2007-2009

Solara

2005-2011

RAV4

Volkswagen

2006-2010

Jetta

Volvo

Not listed

XC60, XC70

Not listed

V70, S60, S80

  

If  you or a loved one has been in an accident as a result of the counterfeit airbags,  please contact us at the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. specializing in personal injury and wrongful death.

 

 

Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at  239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com.  Visit SpiveyLaw.com  for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.

 

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