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If you've had an airbag replaced lately, you already know the short answer to this question: They cost an arm and a leg! Drivers could pay as much as $1,000 just to replace an airbag, plus the costs of labor and to repair a potentially damaged dashboard and/or windshield.

This might explain why many law enforcement agencies are calling airbags "the new car stereos." It's largely due to their growing popularity among auto thieves. If you've ever had your car broken into, you know that feeling of anger and frustration that comes over you when you see that gaping hole in your dashboard; however, the theft of an airbag reaches another level of horrible. Why? Because you'd never know your airbag is missing until the worst possible time. If you are involved in a serious crash, that stolen airbag could lead to a severe injury or even death.

While thieves can break into a car and steal an airbag in less than two minutes, some airbags are stolen as part of a scam perpetrated by unscrupulous repair shops.

In this article, we're going to explain how airbag scams work, why airbags are becoming such a popular target for thieves, and what can be done to prevent airbag theft.