Counterfeit Chinese Airbags Make Their Way to the US

A corrupt businessman across the Pacific has admitted to exporting counterfeit Chinese airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In a recent study, the NHTSA unearthed the possibility of dangerous counterfeit Chinese airbags being installed in several thousand US vehicles.

The NHTSA stated that in order to be affected, the vehicles must have had one or more airbag units replaced over the last three years.

According to the study, the counterfeit Chinese airbags were sourced by collision centers and repair facilities across the United States.  While the study expresses that less than 0.1% of all vehicles in the US may be affected, if your airbags have been replaced within the last three years, the list is absolutely worth viewing.

NHTSA Affected Vehicle List

While the organization said it is best to stick with OE parts when your car is repaired, there are still plenty of reputable manufacturers and suppliers who do exist, including those overseas.  This Chinese businessman, according to the NHTSA, openly confessed to exporting the known defective units.

TFLcar Says:

If you’ve had an airbag replaced in the past three years, check the list, which also contains important action steps if your vehicle is affected.  If your airbags have never deployed or been replaced, enjoy the fireworks in the video above.  You have nothing to worry about.

Daniel Buxbaum has had a life-long passion for all things automotive. His background as a Porsche, Audi and BMW service advisor brings a more technical approach to his writing. Dan’s passion for automotive journalism secured him a position as regional manager and contributing writer for Parts & People, a multi-region automotive trade publication. Dan is also an active member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) and Motor Press Guild (MPG).