Do you know what item people want to steal out of your car?
d. DVD System
Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But now airbags surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in Minnesota. People steal approximately 50,000 airbags a year across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000 but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in Minnesota.
The Dangers of Stolen Airbags
Stolen airbags make their way back into cars that have been in an accident. When that happens, you can never be sure what damage these airbags have and if they’ll work right when you need them.
Some reports say 1 in 25 airbag replacements are stolen or salvaged airbags – or no airbag is installed at all.
You don’t want to take a chance with a faulty airbag, so Kennedy Transmission Brake & Auto Service recommends following these guidelines:
- Use a reputable collision repair center that employs ASE certified mechanics (we can offer recommendations if you contact us).
- Inspect the invoice to ensure that the repair shop purchased the airbag from a manufacturer, dealer, or recycler. If you can inspect the airbag prior to installation, it should be packaged in a sealed container from the manufacturer.
- You will see the SRS light (Supplemental Restraint System) when you first start your vehicle up. This tells you that the airbag system is activated. If you do not see the SRS light, there is likely a problem with the airbag system.
We Have the Answers
Contact Kennedy Transmission Brake & Auto Service for more information about where to get your airbags checked or replaced.
Drop by one of our seven locations in Minnesota or call/email us today!
You can reach us by phone at: 1-877-473-3322