Insurance Fraud NEWS
Coalition: Rhode Island drivers could have fake airbags
June 12, 2018, Providence, RI
A House Committee has passed a new bill that will make it a felony for car repair shops to install fraudulent airbags.
There's no way to know how many fraudulent airbags have been installed in used cars or cars needing repairs, but consumer advocates say they are out there.
"Any driver on a Rhode Island road could have a cheap knockoff airbag that’s unsafe inside their steering column," Jim Quiggle, from the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud said. "These bags will not deploy properly, or even at all."
The proposed legislation would make it a felony to import, manufacture, or install a fraudulent or non-functioning airbag. Quiggle says it's lifesaving legislation.
"States have been passing airbag fraud laws right and left in the past four years," he said. "It’s such a common-sense public safety measure."
The bill was introduced by Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and would amend "The 2010 Automobile Airbag Fraud Prevention Act." It passed the Senate last month, and was referred to the House Committee on Corporations for consideration Tuesday.
The same committee also passed a bill Tuesday regarding motor vehicle replacement parts.
Currently, Rhode Island law says insurance companies can't require aftermarket body parts for repairs on vehicles up to 30 months old. The proposed legislation would increase the measure to 48 months.