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Brothers Sold Dozens of Dangerous Airbags as Counterfeits Flood the Market

Posted by Al Kiel on May 30, 2014 4:12:00 PM

Two Canadian brothers accused of selling dangerous counterfeit airbags now face federal charges in Seattle.airbag-deployed

Charged with smuggling counterfeit goods into the United States, Abdul Masood Qayumi, 24, and Abdul Masih Qayumi, 26, are alleged to have sold dozens of poorly manufactured replacement airbags online in the months before their operation was shutdown.

Federal authorities contend the men were a small part of a growing illicit industry, as factories in China have begun manufacturing cut-rate airbags made to look like the genuine article. Regulators contend the counterfeit airbags often fail to deploy or explode, causing burns or throwing projectiles at the people they’re supposed to protect.

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