Monday, August 5, 2013
NY Governor Signs Counterfeit Airbag Law
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Counterfeit Airbag Prevention Act into law.
The legislation, sponsored by the Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, Senator Lee M. Zeldin, and the Chairman of the Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, makes it a crime to knowingly import, install, reinstall or sell a counterfeit or nonfunctional airbag.
The measure also protects repair shops that unknowingly install useless airbags. The governor signed AB 6378 last week.
The issue of counterfeit airbags has been raised in several state legislatures after a Tennessee federal prosecutor last year convicted a Chinese national who tried to flood the U.S. with counterfeit airbags.
A separate investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2012 showed that counterfeit airbags suffered from "consistent malfunctioning" ranging from non-deployment to the expulsion of metal shrapnel during deployment.
Several states since have passed airbag laws similar to New York's.
The New York law goes into effect in November.