TULSA - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, urges people who may be at risk to contact their auto manufacturer.
Visit http://1.usa.gov/XnIXD6 to see the NHTSA's release on this issue.
It's believed this problem does not impact a large number of vehicles now on the road but you want to be sure you and your family are not part of that small percentage.
The NHTSA provides this information to help consumers know whether they may be at risk from counterfeit air bags in their vehicles:
CONSUMERS THAT MAY BE AT RISK AND SHOULD CONTACT THE CALL CENTER ESTABLISHED BY THEIR AUTO MANUFACTURER
-- 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)
CONSUMERS THAT SHOULD NOT BE AT RISK
-- Consumers who purchased their vehicle new and have not had their air bags replaced
-- Consumers who have full knowledge of the entire history of their used vehicle (including knowing whether the vehicle had been in a crash in the last three years and being certain that the air bag was replaced at a new car dealership)