Air Bag Defects
Unfortunately, airbag fraud is virtually undetectable unless you check the car's computer system. Approximately one out of every 25 previously damaged vehicles have phony or dummy air bags, but only a handful of states have laws regulating airbag system replacements.
"Air bag systems are expensive to replace so to keep costs down and profits up, scam artists may cut corners," said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. "Victims of airbag fraud have found their air bags stuffed with everything from rags to old shoes or nothing at all. However, most victims of air bag fraud may never know until it's too late."
Some known air bag defects:
- Aggressively overpowered air
- Air Bags without Tethers: Tethers are straps sewn inside the air bag which physically prevent the air bag from extending all the way to the occupant's face and eyes.
- Inadequate Sensor Numbers and Locations
- Inferior Algorithms: Newer air bag systems use electronic sensors (algorithms) which rely on their software to analyze deceleration data to determine if and when to deploy the air bag. Inadequate algorithms can cause air bags to fire too late, fail to fire or deploy or to even fire for no reason at all.
- Venting and Folding Defect: Injuries can be caused by mistakes in the number, size and location of gas vents and in the pattern used to fold the air bag.
- Failure to Incorporate Technology
- Failure to Warn of Known Danger: passengers would raise their hands to brace themselves which causes arm injuries.
- Use of Cheap Sensor
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