The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) praises New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez for signing into law a bill that makes it a crime to knowingly sell or install a counterfeit or nonfunctional airbag in a vehicle.

 

“We are pleased that New Mexico has stepped up to the plate and recognized the legitimate public safety issue this poses to its citizens,” said David Bauer, Global Automakers’ state relations manager. “We believe this will provide a real deterrent to those who would commit the crime of knowingly selling or installing a counterfeit or nonfunctional airbag.”

 

Going into effect on July 15, 2015, the new law makes it a criminal offense for anyone to install, manufacture, import, reinstall, or sell counterfeit airbags in the state of New Mexico.  The law also prohibits installing a device to alter the vehicle’s diagnostic system to make a counterfeit airbag appear to be functional. 

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer alert regarding certain counterfeit airbags in the marketplace that posed a risk of serious injury to the public.  While these air bags look nearly identical to certified, original equipment parts, NHTSA testing showed consistent malfunctioning ranging from non-deployment of the air bag to the expulsion of metal shrapnel during deployment.  Global Automakers is working with NHTSA and state legislatures across the country to bring attention to this dangerous consumer issue.

 

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The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind of public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster a competitive environment in which more vehicles are designed and built to enhance Americans’ quality of life. For more information, visit www.globalautomakers.org.