Warning about counterfeit airbags expected

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to make official announcement

Published On: Oct 10 2012 07:15:07 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 10 2012 08:48:11 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON -

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to announce a warning Wednesday about counterfeit airbags in several vehicle models.

According to auto industry officials, who did not want to be named, the government agency briefed the officials about the warning Tuesday.

According to several media sources, including CBS News, NHTSA testing has shown some of the bags don't inflate or fail to inflate properly, said the officials.

NHTSA is expected to ask car owners to check a government website, safercar.gov, or call their manufacturer or local dealership to learn if their vehicle model is among those for which counterfeit airbags have been made, officials said.

One industry official says the counterfeit bags have been made to look like airbags made by automakers and usually include a manufacturer's logo.

The bags are marketed to auto body shops as the authentic product.

Chris Pace, service and parts director for Honda in Jacksonville, says there is an easy way to find out if a car has counterfeit airbags.

"All they need to do is bring the vehicle in. We can check it out and let them know if it has an after-market or faulty air bag," Pace said.

The following list was released by the Associated Press as the vehicles at risk for counterfeit airbags, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

MakeModel Year(s)Model(s)
Acura2009-2011TSX
Audi2006-2009A3, A4, A6, A8, Q5, Q7
BMW2007-2011X5, E70, E60, E61
2008-20105-Series, 528i, 535i
2004-20075-Series. 525i, 530, 535, E60, E61
2007-2011E90, E91
Not listedE92, E93
2007-2011X5, E70
2004-2007525i, 530, 535
2011-2012X3
Buick2010-2011Lacrosse
Chevrolet2011-2012Cruze
2006-2010Aveo
2011-2012Volt
2012Camaro
Ford2012Focus
2005-2009Mustang
Honda2003-2012Accord
2006-2011Civic
2002-2011CRV
2007-2011Fit
2009-2011Pilot
2009-2011Insight
2009-2011Crosstour
2011Odyssey
Hyundai2007-2011Elantra
Not listedGenesis
Not listedSonata
Infiniti2007-2011G35. EX35
Kia2010-2011Soul/Forte
2004-2009Spectra
Land Rover2012Range Rover Evoque
Lexus2006-2011IS250, IS350, IS-F
2003-2008GX470
2007-2009RX350
Not ListedES350
Mazda2004Mazda 3
2010-2012Mazda 3
Mercedes2009-2011C, GLK
2010-2011E350, E550
2007-2008S550
2006-2009ML
2009-2010GL, ML
MitsubishiNot listedOutlander
Nissan1992-2002Quest
2010-2011Quest
2009-2011Cube
2007-2011Versa
2009-2010Murano
Not listedAltima
Subaru2008-2009Forester
2008-2009Imprezza
2008-2009Outback
2010-2011Legacy
Suzuki2007-2010SX4
Toyota2002-2006Camry
2012Camry
2009-2011Corolla, Matrix
2007-2011Yaris
2004-2011Highlander
2004-2011Sienna
2004-2011Tacoma
2010-2012Prius
2003-2006Tundra
2007-2011Tundra
2003-2006Sequoia
2003-2010Land Cruiser
2004-2007Highlander
2008-2010Highlander
2004-20094Runner
2007-2009Solara
2005-2011RAV4
Volkswagen2006-2010Jetta
VolvoNot listedXC60, XC70
Not listedV70, S60, S80