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Airbag Bills Take Spotlight in Louisiana, New York

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June 9, 2014—The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced Friday that the Louisiana legislature approved a bill that will establish more strict definitions and penalties for air bag fraud.

The new law, which takes effect in August, prohibits the manufacturing, sale, installation or reinstallation of a nonfunctional air bag. It also prohibits installing any other object that is meant to function as an airbag but doesn’t meet the bill’s definition, even if it makes the car’s diagnostic system signal that an airbag is in place.

The New York legislature is also considering an airbag bill that would affect the installation of recycled bags. The proposal recommends penalties for those who install, reinstall, or offer an “inflatable occupant restraint system” that does not meet federal safety requirements.

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