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Arizona AG Tom Horne warns against bad airbags

Some Arizona drivers may have had faulty airbags installed in their vehicle, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said in a Friday release.

"Phony airbags are a real problem because they often fail to work and pose a threat to human lives," Horne said. "It is important that consumers buy the appropriate equipment and be on the lookout for counterfeits."

The faulty airbags are believed to have originated in China. They were shipped to the United States and some were distributed in Arizona, with most of them being purchased over eBay.

Consumers who may have had faulty airbags placed in their vehicle are as follows:

• Consumers who have gotten new airbags at a non-dealership repair shop in the past three years.
• Consumers who purchased a used vehicle that may have been involved in an airbag deployment.
• Consumers with a vehicle that has a salvage, rebuilt or reconstructed title.
• Consumers who purchased airbags from eBay or bought airbags for an unusually low price, generally under $400.

"People should be sure, if they're installing an airbag, that it's done by the original dealer," said Horne.

Cars purchased new from a dealer are not at risk, nor are those who have a full, reputable repair history for their vehicle.

Anyone who is unsure about their airbags can go to safercar.gov for more information.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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