The Battle Against Counterfeit Airbags
Although multiple experts from Kia as well as the Loughran family inspected the vehicle, no one realized the airbag was counterfeit.
“They fooled a bunch of engineers and a lawyer who has been doing this for 30 years,” Tracy said. “This was a time bomb waiting to go off. It just needed an unsuspecting victim, and unfortunately, that was Sarah.”
Tracy’s team has not previously encountered a counterfeit airbag, but said, almost always the team finds answers during engineering analysis.
“Our engineers follow a certain protocol and 99.9 percent of the time, we find out what happened,” Tracy said. “Now I wonder how many counterfeit airbags we missed and chalked up due to bad luck.”
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