On May 11, 2023, a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee indicted Mohammed Al-Abadi for trafficking counterfeit goods and causing the criminal transportation of hazardous materials by an air carrier. The indictment alleges that, between at least October 2019 and January 2021, Al-Abadi trafficked counterfeit motor vehicle airbag systems and components from China—including airbag inflators, which DOT regulations classify as hazardous materials. Al-Abadi assembled the airbags and sold them on eBay to unsuspecting automobile repair shops and individual customers. Federal agents recovered more than 2,000 counterfeit airbags and parts from Al-Abadi's residence and place of business.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with Homeland Security Investigations.