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Friday, 23 May 2014 20:34

Louisiana Passes Bill Criminalizing Counterfeit Airbags, Fines to Range to $10,000, Imprisonment

Louisiana is the sixth state to approve legislation making it a crime to use counterfeit airbags in auto repairs, as of May 8, 2014.

The Louisiana Legislature passed Senate Bill 32 (SB32) making it illegal to knowingly manufacture, import, sell, offer for sale, install, or reinstall a counterfeit or nonfunctional air bag. Louisiana is the sixth state to pass such a bill joining Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, New York, and Ohio. Florida recently passed its bill and it awaits the governor’s signature.

Violators who knowingly install or reinstall a counterfeit or nonfunctioning airbag, upon first conviction, could be fined up to $1,000, or be imprisoned for up to six months. Upon a second conviction, or if the violation results in serious injury or death, violators would face a $2,500 fine and imprisonment up to one year.

Manufacturing or selling a counterfeit or nonfunctional airbag would result in fines of from $2,500 to $10,000 and imprisonment of from up to one year to five years, depending upon the dollar value of the airbags sold in violation of the law.

The bill will become effective the day after it is signed by the governor.

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