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Carfax warns some recalled airbags are being recycled

The Trouble Shooters took a trip to a local gas station and in less than 30 minutes, they found half a dozen vehicles with recalls, three of them related to airbags.

The Trouble Shooters took a trip to a local gas station and in less than 30 minutes, they found half a dozen vehicles with recalls, three of them related to airbags.

Chris Basso, Public Relations Manager for Carfax, downloaded the carfax app on a phone and then began scanning drivers licenses as drivers were filling up with gas.

"We just found out that the passenger seat airbag has been recalled, so that's not good," Basso said.

It was a 2 year old defective airbag recall that neither Jennifer Bennett, nor her husband had any knowledge of.

"Right now I have my wife riding in the front seat and that would kill me if something happened to her," said driver Justin Bennett.

Basso was able to show us how a quick scan of the VIN or license pulls up the car history, along with car maintenance records and outstanding recalls.

Carfax reports there are more than 600,000 vehicles in San Antonio with unfixed recalls, also that it's legal for both dealers and private parties to sell used cars with recalls without disclosing the problem.

Basso also explained that it's not illegal or uncommon for repair shops to salvage used parts from junk yards.

"There's lots of places where recycled parts, including airbags, are available and without properly checking those parts, they're being put into vehicles and putting lives at risk," Basso said.

While it is hard to tell if an airbag is recycled, it's not impossible.

Carfax recommends having a mechanic look at the actual airbag and also using the Carfax app to look up any outstanding recalls.

"We've already seen one case that's happening in Nevada where a woman was nearly killed when her airbag exploded and it was found out later that it was a recycled airbag that was on the recall list," Basso said.

To use the app, you download it, then scan the VIN or license plate number and almost immediately you'll be able to see the car history and any recalls.

You can also set up an alert to be notified of recalls in the future.

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