"BEWARE of FAKE REPACKED AIRBAGS on eBay!
Ours are REAL!"
Update – November 13, 2013
Jason Jordan was sentenced after pleading guilty in June, 2013 to Conspiracy to Traffic in Counterfeit Airbags. United States District Court Chief Judge Rosanna M. Peterson sentenced Jordan to a 31 month term of imprisonment to be followed by a 36 month term of court supervision upon release from Federal prison. Chief Judge Peterson also ordered Jordan to pay approximately $600,000 in restitution and forfeitures.
According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, Jordan owned two businesses -- Auto Pros and Sickspeed Inc. -- located in Moxee, Washington. He sold retail automobile parts via the Internet from these businesses. Jordan used these businesses to facilitate the importation of counterfeit airbags from China, which airbags were falsely labeled as being manufactured by reputable automobile manufacturers, such Honda, Toyota, Ford, and General Motors. Jordan advertised these counterfeit airbags as genuine products and sold them via eBay. Jordan admitted that he actually sold approximately 1980 counterfeit airbags from June of 2011 to August of 2012, earnings proceeds in the amount of $444,180.
Yakima, Washington – Federal prosecutors charged Jason Jordan, a local auto parts dealer, with smuggling counterfeit airbags and airbag parts from China and assembling them at his home, where his businesses AutoPros and SickSpeed are based. Salvador Martinez, an employee, was also charged.
According to the federal indictment, he is charged with selling 2,906 airbags on eBay from July 2010 to August 2012, at a cost of $250 to $300 each, earning $669,732.88 during that period. The indictment alleges that Jordan's eBay ads claimed the airbags were from original equipment manufacturers and warned buyers to "BEWARE of FAKE REPACKED AIRBAGS on eBay! Ours are REAL!"
Agents also reported the seizure of more than 2,500 counterfeit airbags and 3,000 airbag parts from storage units rented by Jordan.
The agency said the sale of counterfeit bags as replacement parts is a problem because counterfeit airbags look real but they have consistently malfunctioned during testing. The agency cited one test that found 10 out of 11 counterfeit bags — which had the insignia of major automakers — had deployed improperly. In some cases, airbags failed to deploy properly or did not deploy at all. In one case the airbag shot flames and metal parts into a crash test dummy.
Following an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of Homeland Security, the indictment was issued on Oct. 10, the same day that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer safety advisory alerting the driving public and auto repair shops of the dangers of counterfeit airbags.