National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues a new bulletin warning tens of thousands of motorists of potential counterfeit air bags in their vehicles.
Car owners whose air bags have been replaced in the past three years may be affected.
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.
If the air bags have been replaced by a repair shop other than a new car dealership, NHTSA is asking owners to bring the vehicle into a dealership for inspection. Others affected could be consumers who bought replacement air bags online or who have purchased a used car that may have its airbags replaced in the past three years.
In some cases, the fee to check out air bags can run $100 or more.
Many of the counterfeit air bags are believe to come from China and they usually include the automaker’s logo.
To check if your car is on the list, go visit www.Safercar.gov.
Vehicles for which counterfeit air bags may be available, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The list is expected to evolve.
Make Model Year(s) Model(s)
2006-2009 A3, A4, A6, A8, Q5, Q7
2007-2011 X5, E70, E60, E61
2008-2010 5-Series, 528i, 535i
2004-2007 5-Series. 525i, 530, 535, E60, E61
2007-2011 E90, E91, Not listed E92, E93
2007-2011 X5, E70
2004-2007 525i, 530, 535
Not listed Genesis
Not listed Sonata
2007-2011 G35. EX35
2012 Range Rover Evoque
2006-2011 IS250, IS350, IS-F
Not Listed ES350
2004 Mazda 3
2010-2012 Mazda 3
2009-2011 C, GLK
2010-2011 E350, E550
2009-2010 GL, ML
Not listed Outlander
Not listed Altima
2009-2011 Corolla, Matrix
2003-2010 Land Cruiser
Not listed XC60, XC70
Not listed V70, S60, S80