NHTSA warns of counterfeit air bags. Some BMW models may be affected

News | October 11th, 2012 by 1
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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 …

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If the air bags have been replaced by a repair shop other than a new car dealership, NHTSA is asking owners to bring the vehicle into a dealership for inspection.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.

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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.

Here is a list of the potential affected vehicles, including a large number of fairly recently launched BMW vehicles.
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)
Acura

2009-2011 TSX
Audi

2006-2009 A3, A4, A6, A8, Q5, Q7
BMW

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
2011-2012 X3
Buick

2010-2011 Lacrosse
Chevrolet

2011-2012 Cruze
2006-2010 Aveo
2011-2012 Volt
2012 Camaro
Ford

2012 Focus
2005-2009 Mustang
Honda

2003-2012 Accord
2006-2011 Civic
2002-2011 CRV
2007-2011 Fit
2009-2011 Pilot
2009-2011 Insight
2009-2011 Crosstour
2011 Odyssey
Hyundai

2007-2011 Elantra
Not listed Genesis
Not listed Sonata
Infiniti

2007-2011 G35. EX35
Kia

2010-2011 Soul/Forte
2004-2009 Spectra
Land Rover

2012 Range Rover Evoque
Lexus

2006-2011 IS250, IS350, IS-F
2003-2008 GX470
2007-2009 RX350
Not Listed ES350
Mazda

2004 Mazda 3
2010-2012 Mazda 3
Mercedes

2009-2011 C, GLK
2010-2011 E350, E550
2007-2008 S550
2006-2009 ML
2009-2010 GL, ML
Mitsubishi

Not listed Outlander
Nissan

1992-2002 Quest
2010-2011 Quest
2009-2011 Cube
2007-2011 Versa
2009-2010 Murano
Not listed Altima
Subaru

2008-2009 Forester
2008-2009 Imprezza
2008-2009 Outback
2010-2011 Legacy
Suzuki

2007-2010 SX4
Toyota

2002-2006 Camry
2012 Camry
2009-2011 Corolla, Matrix
2007-2011 Yaris
2004-2011 Highlander
2004-2011 Sienna
2004-2011 Tacoma
2010-2012 Prius
2003-2006 Tundra
2007-2011 Tundra
2003-2006 Sequoia
2003-2010 Land Cruiser
2004-2007 Highlander
2008-2010 Highlander
2004-2009 4Runner
2007-2009 Solara
2005-2011 RAV4
Volkswagen

2006-2010 Jetta
Volvo

Not listed XC60, XC70
Not listed V70, S60, S80

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