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  • Lemon Check
  • Title Check (Salvage, Junk, Total Loss, Flood Damage, etc)
  • Odometer Problem Check
  • Accident Check
  • Full Registration Check
  • Damage Check (frame damage, flood, fire, hail, etc)
  • Theft Check
  • State Inspection Records
  • Ownership and Theft Check
  • Full Vehicle Use History
  • Loan/Lien Check
  • Airbag Deployment
  • Loan/Lien Check
  • Airbag Deployment
  • Title Washing
  • And more...

Airbag Fraud

Airbag Fraud is a hidden mortal danger few buyers think of when buying a used car. It is probably one of the most costly hidden problems in a used car one can face. Airbag fraud may cost you or your family the most precious thing in the world - life. Airbag Fraud We used to rely on airbags to protect our lives and the lives of our family. Victims of the airbag fraud report finding virtually anything in the airbag compartment, but not a functional airbag: paper towels, beer cans or stuffed back deployed airbags. Needless to describe possible consequences…

How Airbag Fraud Works

Airbags are expensive, that’s the basis of all scams coming from some unfair used car dealers and small repair shops that repair and sell salvage cars.

  • Insurance scam. Unfair body shops replace the used airbag with all possible sorts of stuff, then charge the insurance company for the replacement and pocket from about $2,000 to $4,000 at a time.
  • Refund scam. The body shop orders a new airbag and bill the customer, but never installs it. The airbag is sent back and refunded.

A dummy with and airbag cover is installed and electronic indicators are tuned to display that the airbag is in order. The unaware customer drives away without the airbag. Why nobody knows about that? Airbag replacement is a very precise and delicate procedure. The airbag compartment is sealed and must not be accessed afterwards.

How to avoid Airbag Fraud?

Do VIN number check to get the get vehicle history report prior to buying a used car and even asking a technician to inspect it. The vehicle history report may reveal so many dirty secrets in a car that it isn’t even worth inspecting and the time spent… Your and your family’s safety is a good reason to determine if the car has been previously involved in an accident or not. The accident record in a used cars’s history is a warning sign, and “airbag deployment” record is an alarm signal.

  • If the report reveals an accident in the car’s history, always have it inspected by a trusted expert prior to purchasing it to make sure that the air bag is in proper condition, even if it wasn’t deployed previously.

  • Check the airbag indicator. When you switch on the ignition, light should appear instantly and then go out. Remaining on flashing light indicates that an airbag system malfunction. If the light never turns on, the airbag may be missing.

Airbag Fraud Stats

According to the report of NHTSA on fatal crashes (Jan, 2008), in 255 of 1,446 accidents airbags had not been replaced after a previous crash. And in about a half of all fatal crashes with non-deployed airbags involve airbags were faulty or simply missing. That gave officials a good reason to believe that many accidents involved the airbag fraud. Experts warn that about 4% of accident cars later have nonfunctional airbags. Would you knowingly drive a used car without airbags? It is unlikely you would…

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