WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT REPLACING AIRBAGS?

 

After a collision in which airbags have deployed, make sure your body shop installs genuine Ford replacement airbags. Here are some key points to keep in mind.

 

TYPES OF REPLACEMENTS
You should always make sure to use genuine Ford airbags, which are produced to the same specifications as the airbags installed when the vehicle is manufactured. They’re built for the model and year of your vehicle and are the only airbags proven to deliver the intended level of protection. Salvaged airbags are removed from salvage-yard vehicles. Their source, condition and durability are unknown. Counterfeit airbags may look nearly identical to new original equipment Ford parts (including bearing Ford trademarks), but National Highway Transportation Administration testing showed consistent malfunctioning, ranging from nondeployment of the airbag to the expulsion of shrapnel during deployment. Never use salvaged or counterfeit airbags, which are not safe and do not meet the quality standards of Ford parts.

DEALING WITH YOUR BODY SHOP
You have the right to select the body shop and to select the type of parts used for repairs. You can specify that you want only genuine Ford Collision replacement parts. It’s important to make it clear up front, in writing on the work order, that you want only Ford Collision replacement parts to be used.

INSURANCE COVERAGE
Check with your insurance company now, before you are in an accident. Ask your agent what type of parts will be used if you need a collision repair. That way you can purchase a policy (or make a change to your current policy) to cover the use of OEM parts.

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