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PD: AZ man made, sold fake air bags

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(Source: Phoenix Police Department) (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
(Source: Phoenix Police Department) (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
(Source: Phoenix Police Department) (Source: Phoenix Police Department)

An Arizona man faces state counterfeiting charges after a police investigation turned up more than 50 fake vehicle air bags that he allegedly made and sold at his home.

Dwight Smith, 58, of Maricopa, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on April 1 on charges of counterfeit marks and manufacturing of counterfeit airbags and components.

The criminal probe was conducted by a joint task force involving the Phoenix Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations special agents. 

A search warrant served at Smith's home led to the discovery of the bogus automotive airbags and igniter components used to inflate the safety devices, said Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes.

The Phoenix Police Department bomb squad detonated several dozen small initiator components at the scene as a safety precaution, Holmes said.

During the three-month probe, detectives and agents were able to verify that Smith was selling the airbags to residents, Holmes said.

Authorities said they discovered most of the airbags would not have worked properly had they been installed in vehicles.

Homeland Security Investigations' Commercial Fraud Special Agents and Phoenix police detectives from the Business of Economic Stability Team are searching through the suspect's records to find the victims who Smith sold the airbags to. If you got an airbag from Smith, "A-1 Teck LLC" or "Airbagssrs.com," call Phoenix police at 602-256-3443.

If you'd like to know whether the airbag or airbags in your vehicle have ever been deployed in a crash, click here and follow the instructions to find out what insurance companies know about the history of the car. If you believe you have a counterfeit or questionable airbag, call the vehicle manufacturer.

  • American Suzuki Motor Corporation 1-800-934-0934
  • Land Rover 1-800-452-4827
  • Acura Client Relations 1-800-382-2238
  • Kia Consumer Assistance Center 1-800-333-4542
  • Audi 1-800-253-2834
  • Lexus 1-800-255-3987
  • BMW Group 1-800-831-1117
  • Mazda 1-800-222-5500
  • Chrysler 1-800-247-9753
  • Mercedes-Benz USA 1-800-367-6372
  • Ford Motor Company 1-800-392-3673 / 1-800-232-5952 (TDD)
  • Mitsubishi Motors 1-888-648-7820
  • General Motors 1-866-237-3601
  • Nissan Consumer Affairs 1-800-647-7261
  • Honda Automobile Customer Service 1-800-999-1009
  • Subaru of America, Inc. 1-800-782-2783
  • Hyundai Consumer Affairs 1-800-633-5151
  • Toyota 1-800-331-4331
  • Infiniti Consumer Affairs 1-800-662-6200
  • Volkswagen 1-800-822-8987
  • Jaguar 1-800-637-6837
  • Volvo 1-800-433-8236

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