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Tennessee Individual Pleads Guilty To Trafficking of Counterfeit Airbags From China

On March 6, 2024, in the Western District of Tennessee, Mohammed Al-Abadi pleaded guilty to trafficking of counterfeit motor vehicle air bag systems and causing the criminal transportation of hazardous materials by an air carrier. Counterfeit airbags may contain substandard and defective parts that create public safety hazards. In some instances, counterfeit airbags may malfunction or even explode and expel metal shrapnel.
According to court and investigation records, between approximately October 1, 2019, to January 14, 2021, Al-Abadi imported counterfeit motor vehicle airbag parts from China. Al-Abadi then assembled the counterfeit airbags and sold them on eBay to unsuspecting automobile repair shops and individuals. Federal agents recovered over 2,000 counterfeit airbags and parts from Al-Abadi's residence and place of business. Further investigation revealed that Al-Abadi had sold approximately 533 counterfeit airbags between 2017 and January 2021.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with Homeland Security Investigations.