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Carfax Statement On Counterfeit Air Bags


CENTREVILLE, VA--Oct. 10, 2012: Carfax issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the use of counterfeit air bags:                                          

"This announcement underscores the importance of checking the history of used cars," said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. "Air bags are one of most crucial parts of a car's safety system. We have created a free service to check for prior air bag deployment reported to Carfax at In addition, the air bag safety systems of any used car should be inspected by a qualified mechanic, body shop or air bag specialist to ensure they are working properly."

"The lives of consumers everywhere are at risk because of scams like fake air bags. Carfax Reports can include information on reported air bag deployment and other details about prior damage that help used car buyers and sellers avoid this potentially fatal fraud."