Is it illegal to sell a car that the air bags have been removed or have already deployed?

Full Question:

In the state of NC, if you purchase a car, and the air bags have either been deployed or simply removed, is it illegal for a car lot to sell that car?
05/14/2007   |   Category: Automobiles   |   State: North Carolina   |   #4668

Answer:

Frontal air bags, either 1st or 2nd generation, also known as "depowered" air bags, have been standard equipment in all passenger cars since model year 1998 and all SUVs, pickup trucks and vans since model year 1999. Until such time when the new rules to allow dealers and repair businesses to disable air bags become effective, the agency may on a case by case basis exempt persons from the prohibition against disabling air bags if it makes a determination that the exemption is consistent with safety.

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