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Felony Penalties For Installing Counterfeit Airbags Could Be On The Way In Michigan

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Fighting counterfeit airbags is on the agenda for a bipartisan pair of lawmakers in Lansing.  Cheyna Roth reports.

Democratic Representative Sarah Anthony and Republican RepresentativeJim Lilly are behind the bills. They want to make it a felony to knowingly and intentionally install, sell, or distribute a faulty airbag.  

Anthony says it’s not enough to just tell people they can’t install or sell bad airbags.

“We have to have some teeth behind the legislation. So this not only identifies the problem, but says if there are bad actors out there that are doing this, then this will actually be a felony, a Class F felony.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the issue of fake airbags affects less than 0.1% of the US vehicle fleet.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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