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Dangerous Airbags: How to Make Sure Your Car is Safe

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    NBC10 Responds and Harry Hairston learned that recalled airbags are being recycled and placed back in cars that need repairs, creating a dangerous situation for drivers. Harry has the details.

    (Published Monday, May 22, 2017)

    Here are some ways to make sure you and your passengers are safe before the next time you get behind the wheel:

    -    Check for reported airbag deployments. Carfax has a free option (CLICK HERE). You can also type your VIN number into Safercar.gov (a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site), or call the manufacturer directly.

    -    Have a reputable mechanic (like C&G Auto Repair in Northeast Philadelphia) inspect the airbag to see where a potential replacement came from: shops can check serial numbers and track down the origin of the airbag.

    -    Before you buy a car: get a full, pre-purchase inspection report (from a company like Carfax), so you can see if the airbag in the vehicle was ever deployed, or if there’s an open recall on the car.