Senator Fasano’s Air-Bag Legislation Passes Out of General Law

March 17, 2006

Legislation that would prohibit the sale of fake airbag covers has passed successfully out of the Committee on General Law. The bill, co-sponsored by State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven) would prevent any business or individual from selling air bag replacement parts that do not conform to federal air bag safety standards.

“This is an extremely important public safety issue,” said Senator Fasano, who is the Ranking Senator on the General Law Committee. “A few years ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that air bags saved approximately 2,500 lives in this country alone. We want to make sure that motorists can feel secure that their automobiles are equipped with the proper safety measures.”

Both Florida and New York have passed similar legislation banning the sale of phony air bags.

“While federal law already prohibits auto repairers and dealers from installing air bag covers in vehicles whose air bags have deployed, non-professionals are not covered by either federal or state law,” added Senator Fasano. “I am hopeful that this bill will close up the loopholes that currently exist and keep Connecticut drivers safe.”

Senator Fasano is serving his second term representing the 34th district communities of East Haven, North Haven, and Wallingford.