FAIRFAX, VA – Approximately one out of every 25 previously damaged vehicles have phony or dummy airbags, but only a handful of states have laws regulating airbag system replacements, according to Carfax. Teaming up with Carfax dealers nationwide, Carfax Vehicle History Reports is offering consumers free airbag checks and Carfax Vehicle History Reports this month.

"Airbag systems are expensive to replace so to keep costs down and profits up, scam artists may cut corners," said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. "Victims of airbag fraud have found their airbags stuffed with everything from rags to old shoes or nothing at all. However, most victims of airbag fraud may never know until it´s too late."

Airbag fraud is virtually undetectable unless you check the car´s computer system. "If these airbags have been tampered with by improper repair the consumer is buying a vehicle that is not going to offer them any safety at all," said Bruce Strain, an expert in airbag replacement.