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NHTSA Issues Counterfeit Airbag Warning

Posted by Josh Chang on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 @ 04:17 PM

At Wellesley Toyota, we only replace airbags with Genuine Toyota Parts. Our customers always come first.

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), isued a consumer advisory regarding counterfeit airbags installed in vehicles industry-wide and how consumers can protect themselves against them. 

airbag1 resized 600According to the NHTSA, these airbags may have been installed as replacement parts after a crash and look nearly identical to the certified original manufacturer parts. NHTSA tests showed that these counterfeit airbags consistently malfunctioned, sometimes even jettisoning shrapnel when deployed. 

This issue is expected to affect less than 0.1% of all U.S. vehicles, but we wanted to make sure you were aware of the warning. Of course, if you have had airbags replaced at Wellesley Toyota, you don't have to worry! If you meet the following criteria, you may be at risk and should contact the appropriate Call Center for your vehicle make here.

  • Consumers who have had air bags replaced within the past three years at a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership
  • Consumers who have purchased a used car that may have sustained an air bag deployment before their purchase
  • Consumers who own a car with a title branded salvage, rebuilt, or reconstructed
  • Consumers who have purchased replacement air bags from eBay or other non-certified sources—especially if they were purchased at unusually low prices (i.e. less than $400)
The full advisory can be seen here.

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