Gov't Warns Motorists About Counterfeit Air Bags

An air bag after an accident.
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Zhensong was a part owner and manager of the international department of Guangzhou Auto Parts, which made a variety of auto parts, many of which were counterfeit, the statement said. In 2010, he traveled from China to Chattanooga to sell additional counterfeit air bags and other auto parts. The counterfeit air bags were manufactured by purchasing genuine auto air bags that were torn down and used to make molds to produce the counterfeit bags. Trademark emblems were purchased through Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW and other dealerships located in China and affixed to the counterfeit air bags. The air bags were advertised on the Guangzhou Auto Parts website and sold for approximately $50 to $70 each, far below the value of an authentic air bag, the statement said.

About 2,500 counterfeit airbags have been seized by law enforcement authorities so far this year and investigations are in progress in several locations around the country, John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told reporters.

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