CENTREVILLE, Va. (October 10, 2012) – Carfax issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) / Dept. of Transportation on the use of counterfeit airbags:

“This announcement underscores the importance of checking the history of used cars,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. “Airbags are one of most crucial parts of a car’s safety system. We have created a free service to check for prior airbag deployments reported to Carfax at www.carfax.com/airbag. In addition, the airbag systems of any used car, especially those with prior damage, should be inspected by a qualified mechanic, body shop or airbag specialist to ensure they are working properly.”

“The lives of consumers everywhere are at risk because of scams like faulty airbags. Carfax Reports can include information on reported airbag deployments and other details about prior damage that help used car buyers and sellers avoid this potentially fatal fraud.”

Editor’s note: A Carfax spokesperson is available for further comment anytime via phone, satellite, Skype or in-studio. Please contact Christopher Basso at 703-304-7727 to schedule an interview.