4 million by selling counterfeit airbags that failed to deploy’
A car mechanic has pleaded guilty to trafficking thousands of counterfeit airbags in deals that made him more than $1.4 million dollars in a year.
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Igor Borodin, who co owns an auto shop in Charlotte, North Carolina, allegedly bought an estimated 7,000 fake airbags from China and sold them on eBay between February 2011 and May 2012.
One of the airbags sold by Borodin through eBay was independently tested and failed to inflate properly, court records showed, the Charlotte Observ tiffany and co er reported. government warned that ‘tens of thousands’ of drivers who have had airbags replaced in the last three years could be affected by this sort of scheme.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the fake airbags might not deploy in an accident or could explode, sending metal shrapnel into the vehicle’s passenger cabin. Attorney Anne Tompkins said as she announced Borodin’s guilty pleas.
‘Airbags that do not meet the quality and safety standards of the automobile manufacturers pose a serious threat to human life because they fail to work when they are needed the most during a car accident.’
As well as trafficking charges, which carries a 10 year prison sentence and a $2 million fine, Borodin faces a delivering hazardous charge, punishable by five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Transporting airbags, which are classed as dangerous goods, without the warnings pose a safety risk to anyone transporting and handling them, federal prosecutors said, the Observer reported.
They intercepted airbags before taking 20 more after he changed his address.
Scene: Borodin was identified as a co owner of Krugger Auto, where police found fake airbags
They also found 99 of the airbags at his auto shop, Krugger Auto, where he was part owner.
Borodin remains in the Mecklenburg County jail, where he has been since his arrest in August.
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Warning: At a press conference in Washington earlier this month, David Strickland from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned against the spread of counterfeit airbags