Airbags scams...

United States
March 22, 2008 10:53am CST
Motorist depend on airbags to provide protection during a crash. But a dangerous insurance scheme turn cars into time bombs on four wheels. Crooked body shops illegally removed or replaced them to steal insurance money. But drivers and passengers won't know until they're in a crash and their airbags fail to open. An example:A crooked body shop removes an airbag after it is deployed in a crash or pulls out an uninflated airbag to make it appear deployed. The body shop then replaces the airbag with sneakers,beer cans, and other junk, or inserts a dummy or unsafe air bag thats not right for the vehicle. They then charge the ins. company $2000. This could rise everyones premiums. In Miami area alone, police have discovered thousands of fake airbags, including one body shop with more than 6,000 airbags. Did you know that airbags covers and other tools of the crime can be bought off the internet? At least 400,000 rebuilt wrecks also travel Americas roadways. Many could have useless or no airbags. How do you avoid this? Have a certified mechanic you trust inspect the airbag before you buy a used or salvaged vehicle. Get a report to see if the vehicle has ever been in an accident. Check and make sure the airbag light flashes for a second and then stops. There could be a problem if it doesn't come on or stays on. And don't ever try to open the airbag compartment yourself. You could be injured or damage the airbag. Your next drive should be in a safe car, not an ambulance. I read this in our local paper.. I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it with you.
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6 responses
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I believe it. There are alot of scams out there these days and it is very hard to trust in anything. Life is a dily fight to the finish. It used to be do unto others as you would have them do unto you but anymore it is do unto others before they do unto you. It is a very crooked world and nothing surprises me anymore.
• United States
23 Mar 08
Hello Stephcjh! You're right there. You just can't trust anyone. The article didn't surprise me when I read it.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
23 Mar 08
gosh I am not sure if there is a way to protect yourself against this kind of crime, except maybe just deal with people you know
• United States
23 Mar 08
Heck anymore the people you know try to scam you.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
22 Mar 08
This is terrible. We think we are protected then we have jerks like this that try to take advantage of the system and put defaulted or junk in the airbag compartment and get by with it. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
22 Mar 08
You're very welcome, Terri. You just never know what you're getting. Its like you have to stand over people to make sure the job is done right. And no one is getting scammed.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
27 Oct 08
I've never heard about this before. I guess it would be good to check with the Better Business Bureau to see a body shops reputation.
@plumwish07 (4060)
• Indonesia
22 Mar 08
hm, i ever heard about that in some articles that airbag actually not safe enough to protect us from car accident. in fact, it could make serious damage when accident happened if the use of air bag while accident not properly. as like you already mentioned in here my dear friends. so question in mymind, if airbag is not safety enough to reduce fatal ipact caused of car accident, what would be the effective one then? any idea for this case?
@plumwish07 (4060)
• Indonesia
22 Mar 08
hm, i ever heard about that in some articles that airbag actually not safe enough to protect us from car accident. in fact, it could make serious damage when accident happened if the use of air bag while accident not properly. as like you already mentioned in here my dear friends. so question in mymind, if airbag is not safety enough to reduce fatal ipact caused of car accident, what would be the effective one then? any idea for this case?