The New York Senate Consumer Protection committee recently approved a measure that would make it a specific crime to sell fake or non-functional airbags. Lying that a phony airbag is real would also be a crime.
According to the Senate analysis, Senate Bill 5037A adds a new section to the General Business Law to address the increasing proliferation of counterfeit and substandard airbags making their way into the New York marketplace.
Sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin, Chair of the Consumer Protection committee, the bill would make it a class A misdemeanor to knowingly: (a) make, distribute or sell a counterfeit or non-functional airbag; (b) install or reinstall a counterfeit airbag or non-functional airbag; (c) sell, install or reinstall an airbag so that the diagnostic system falsely displays the airbag in proper working order; or (d) represent that a counterfeit or non-functional airbag in a vehicle is not counterfeit or non-functional. Violators would be subject to fines that range from $1,000 for a single violation up to $250,000 for subsequent, multiple violations.