AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE IMPORT, MANUFACTURE, SALE, OFFER OF SALE, INSTALLATION, OR REINSTALLATION OF COUNTERFEIT AND NONFUNCTIONAL AIRBAGS.
Amends GS 20-4.01, which sets out the definitions that apply to GS Chapter 20 by adding and defining the terms airbag, counterfeit supplemental restraint system component, nonfunctional airbag, and supplemental restraint system.
Amends GS 20-71.4 to make it illegal to transfer a motor vehicle when the transferor has knowledge that a counterfeit supplemental restrain system, or a nonfunctional airbag, or no airbag has been installed in the vehicle.
Amends GS 20-136.2 to make it illegal to knowingly import, manufacture, sell, offer for sale, distribute, install, or reinstall any device intended to replace a supplemental restraint system component in any motor vehicle if the device is a counterfeit component, nonfunctional airbag, or causes a vehicle to fail to meet federal motor vehicle safety standards. Violations are a Class H felony and constitute an unfair and deceptive trade practice. Previously the statute only addressed airbags and violations were a Class 1 misdemeanor. Adds that nothing in the statute prohibits auto dealers, repair professionals, recyclers, original equipment manufactures, or contractors from disposing of counterfeit supplemental restraint system components or nonfunctional airbags in accordance with federal and state law.
Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2019.
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