Monday, 25 October 2021 19:44

Association of 11 OEMs Ask eBay to Stop Selling Counterfeit Airbags

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The Automotive Anti-Counterfeiting Council (A2C2)---which includes 11 automakers and their brands---is asking eBay to halt the sale of all supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags and components on eBay.com, calling it the only effective way of preventing the sale of dangerous counterfeit airbags on the site.

According to testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), A2C2 said counterfeit airbags have shown consistent malfunctions ranging from non-deployment to the expulsion of metal shrapnel during deployment.


While counterfeit airbags are typically comprised completely of counterfeit components, A2C2 pointed out that another variety of counterfeit airbags have been found to be comprised of certain used OEM components cobbled together with counterfeit components so as to appear to be complete OEM airbags.


For example, officials said an inflator from one vehicle may be combined with an airbag from a different vehicle, shielded by a counterfeit airbag cover.


In October 2012, A2C2 noted NHTSA issued a consumer advisory alerting vehicle owners and repair professionals to the dangers of counterfeit airbags and their prevalence in the marketplace.


Since then, other federal law enforcement agencies have issued similar notices, according to an A2C2 news release.


“These fake airbags are notoriously difficult to spot, often appearing nearly identical to genuine, original equipment parts, but in the most tragic cases they can result in catastrophic failures with fatal consequences,” A2C2 President Teena Bohi in the news release. “For this reason, A2C2 has consistently advocated for...

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