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Rhode Island lawmakers trying to crack down on fake air bags

June 8, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are trying to crack down on counterfeit air bags.

The House passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit manufacturing or importing substandard air bags in the state. The Senate passed a similar measure last month.

Democratic Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy says customers need to know the life-saving devices in their cars are legitimate. He says counterfeits have flooded the market.

The fake devices sometimes don’t deploy in crashes. They can also shoot out metal shrapnel when deployed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says counterfeits are most often bought online or from repair shops that aren’t affiliated with new car dealerships. It says fake air bags affect less than .1 percent of cars in America.

The law would make it a felony to create or import counterfeits.

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