The Importance Of OEM Parts In Automotive Repair

Over the past few months, an important issue has come to light that concerns the safety of many Americans who have had their vehicles repaired in the last three years, utilizing non-oem replacement airbags. The following is an excerpt from a Fox News article with details about this concern, as well as an NHTSA video showing the potential dangers of these counterfeit airbags during testing.

“Only 0.1 percent of the U.S. vehicle fleet is believed to be affected, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement. But industry officials briefed by the government said tens of thousands of car owners may be driving vehicles with counterfeit air bags. NHTSA testing has shown most of the counterfeit bags don’t inflate or fail to inflate properly. In at least one case, a counterfeit bag fired shards of metal shrapnel on impact, the agency said.

NHTSA is asking car owners to check a government website,, for information on how to contact a call center established by auto manufacturers to learn if their vehicle model is among those for which counterfeit air bags are known to have been made.”

To read the full article, along with a list of vehicles that may have been effected by these counterfeit airbags, click here to visit the website.