The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 177, which modifies current regulations regarding motor vehicle air bag replacement by prohibiting the manufacturing, sale or installation of a counterfeit or nonfunctional air bag.

The legislation, introduced by Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville), also prohibits the installation of an object intended to fulfill the function of an air bag that is not in compliance with safety standards and the sale or installation of a device in a vehicle that causes the diagnostic system to falsely indicate the vehicle is equipped with a functional air bag.

“Air bags are a critical component in vehicle safety,” Rep. Pelanda said. “Outlawing the manufacture or sale of air bags that do not meet official standards will aid in ensuring the health and safety of Ohio’s motorists.”

House Bill 177 will now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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