Auto industry officials say the government is preparing to warn car owners whose airbags have been replaced in the past three years that dangerous counterfeit bags may have been installed.

Industry officials said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has alerted them that thousands of car owners may be driving vehicles with counterfeit airbags. Some of the counterfeit bags fail to inflate properly.

The officials requested that their names not be used because NHTSA had asked them not to speak publicly about the problem until after an announcement scheduled for Wednesday.

Industry officials said NHTSA will ask car owners to check a government website or call their manufacturer or local dealership to learn if their vehicle model is among those for which counterfeit airbags have been made

The NHTSA released a list of nearly 100 vehicles that could have counterfeit airbags:

2009-2011 TSX


2006-2009 A3, A4, A6, A8, Q5, Q7


2007-2011 X5, E70, E60, E61

2008-2010 5-series, 528i, 535i

2004-2007 5-Series, 525i, 530, 535, E60, E61

2007-2011E90, E91

E92, E93 (unspecified years)

2007-2011 X5, E70

2004-2007 525i, 530, 535

2011-2012 X3


2010-2011 Lacrosse


2011-2012 Cruze

2006-2010 Aveo

2011-2012 Volt

2012 Camaro