WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Today, the government issued a warning about counterfeit airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested 10 different copycats.
In tests conducted back in September, one airbag only partially inflated in a simulated crash. The other sent fragments at the test dummy in the car. It's what administrator David Strickland calls "the most severe condition we observed."
Strickland says these fakes have not caused any deaths or injuries and that they probably impact less than 0.1 percent of cars in the US.
But, if you've had your airbags replaced in the last three years by a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership, purchased a used car that had its airbag deploy, or bought a replacement airbag from eBay or another uncertified site, contact your automaker.
Written by Lesli Foster
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