why counterfeit items inside your home could pose a threat to your family
In almost a year ABC News\'s \"20/20\" conducted a long-term survey of the world of counterfeit goods, revealing some of the methods of the United StatesS. The Customs and Border Protection agency says counterfeiters use smuggled fakes to enter the United States. S. -- Products that can be found at home or in a family car. Many of these methods put your home safety at risk, investigators say. In Folsom, California, Bob and Tami Larson bought a used car knowing they needed to replace their airbags. They bought an airbag from Igor Borodin who was involved in a trafficking and attempted trafficking in counterfeit airbags with the automaker\'s registered trademark, as well as a shipment and resulting in the delivery of hazardous materials to air-Commerce transport airlines. At his home on the North Carolina Indian Trail, investigators found more than 1,500 fake airbags and $60,000 in cash hidden in the walls. Authorities say he sold $1. Fake airbag worth 7 million, once a top class airbag Seller rating on EBay. After the incident, eBay said it tightened its sales policy. \"We found out a year after the purchase that the government said that the person who replaced or sold us the driver\'s side airbag sold us a tramp bag,\" Bob Larsson told 20/20. After \"20/20\" was replaced with an authorized dealer, they tested the fake airbag they were driving with the California auto repair bureau. On departure, the airbag in Larson\'s car sent the plastic shrapnel to about 40 feet away. Bike parts company Specialized shows that \"20/20\" things happen when fake helmets that customers can buy online are tested. A tester performed a linear impact test on the fake helmet, which was cut into two pieces and failed the test. Specialized said that their helmets should not break half in the linear impact test. \"There\'s this really special helmet inside, and we call it a rolling cage. Ben Capron, director of marketing for specilized categories, told \"20/20\" that this is fangzu fiber and is very strong and can keep the helmet together. At the insurer\'s Laboratory (UL) John derlenberg, director of consumer safety at independent global security Science, shows \"20/20\" what happens if someone uses a fake extension line that doesn\'t contain the correct fireProof material. During the presentation with the fake extension line, when the fake extension line is inserted and placed under heavy power load, it is on fire. With unqualified fake wires, this can actually happen in real \'The living conditions in your home, \'Mr. derlenberg said.