The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is warning that cars may be on the road with counterfeit airbags. The administration alerted automakers in a series of phone briefings Tuesday.
The counterfeit airbags present a danger to the public, reports CBS News. Testing has shown that some of the devices don’t inflate or improperly inflate on impact. One fired plastic shards and other projectiles when attempting to deploy.
No injuries or deaths have been reported due to the airbags. NHSTA officials are asking vehicle owners to check www.safercar.gov for more information about whether their model is affected. Consumers can also call their manufacturer for further information.
The counterfeit bags are marketed either online to consumers or directly to dealerships. Most dealers have franchise agreements with their carmakers requiring that only parts from the manufacturer be used, but more than 35% of dealers don’t have such agreements and can purchase from nonofficial sources.