We have tried over the past several years to make our readers aware of potential safety issues related to motor vehicles. One such risk involves the purchase of used vehicles. This safety issue involves the hidden danger of fraudulent repairs and the use of “dummy” airbags in used vehicles. This issue arises when a damaged airbag system is replaced with a non-functioning “dummy” airbag. The issue can also arise when airbag systems are improperly repaired or reconnected following minor accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that approximately one-half of the fatal accidents with non-deployed airbags involve cars that have missing or faulty airbags. We recently investigated a case where a vehicle was involved in a collision where clearly an airbag should have deployed. Our investigation revealed that the vehicle had previously been involved in a minor collision where the airbag had deployed. The vehicle had been repaired and sold, however the airbag sensors had not even been reconnected. We have also had other reports where airbags were removed from vehicles and “dummy” airbags were used to fill the hole left by the removal of the functioning airbag.
When purchasing a used vehicle, many consumers assume the airbag is actually there and that it will function appropriately. Unfortunately, this hidden danger is not revealed until the airbag is needed in an accident. A few things that you can do to protect yourself from this hidden danger are:
Consumers can obtain information and a free Airbag Deployment Report at www.carfax.com/airbag. If you want more information on this subject you can also contact JP Sawyer in our firm at 800-898-2034 or by email at JP.Sawyer@beasleyallen.com.
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