PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The General Assembly has passed legislation that will strengthen regulatory controls on airbags.
The proposed legislation would make it a felony to import, manufacture or install a fraudulent or non-functioning airbag.
The bill was introduced by Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and would amend “The 2010 Automobile Airbag Fraud Prevention Act.” It passed the Senate last month, and was referred to the House Committee on Corporations for consideration Tuesday, which also passed.
“This legislation would effectively prohibit the importation, manufacture or sale of dangerous counterfeit and nonfunctional airbags that are currently flooding the market.” Ruggerio said. “Counterfeit airbags have become a public health nuisance.”
Those who violate this proposed law would be guilty of deceptive trade practices, which would be punishable by a fine ranging between $1,000 and $2,000, or imprisonment of no more than two years. The law states that if the violation results in serious bodily injury, the fine would increase up to $100,000 or up to 10 years in prison.
The bill will now head to the governor’s office.
Susan Campbell contributed to this report.