Automotive Service Association (ASA)

Louisiana state legislature enacts bill to curb air bag fraud

The Louisiana legislature has completed action on Senate Bill 32, which will establish stricter definitions and penalties for air bag fraud. Act No. 105 will take effect in August of this year and is comprised of the following:

  • No person shall knowingly install or reinstall in any motor vehicle a counterfeit or nonfunctional air bag or any other object intended to fulfill the function of an air bag that does not meet the definition of “air bag” set forth in this bill.
  • No person shall knowingly manufacture, import, sell or offer for sale a counterfeit or nonfunctional air bag.
  • No person shall knowingly sell, install or reinstall a device in a motor vehicle that causes the diagnostic system of the vehicle to indicate inaccurately that the vehicle is equipped with a functional air bag.

Along with Louisiana, the New York legislature is considering Assembly Bill 9730, which affects the sale and installation of recycled air bags. It also proposes penalties for those who install, reinstall, or offer for sale any “inflatable occupant restraint system” that does not meet federal safety requirements.