CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An Indian Trail man accused of trafficking counterfeit automobile air \bags had his first appearance in Federal Court Friday morning.
Igor Borodin, 26, learned he won’t be given bond. Some family and friends came to support him, but had nothing to say after the hearing was over.
On Thursday, agents with Homeland Security Investigations raided Borodin’s Indian Trail home and Krugger's Garage on Orr Rd where he worked.
Officials say they seized more than 1,500 counterfeit airbags in the home, plus a large amount of cash.
Court documents obtained by NewsChannel 36 show they seized nearly 100 airbags out of the garage.
Agents say they have been investigating this matter since October of 2011 when investigators were tipped off in Chattanooga Tennessee.
As a result of that investigation agents say that Borodin was identified as a major seller and they intercepted hundreds of airbags destined for him.
In court, an Assistant US Attorney made reference that the bags could pose a safety hazard. NewsChannel 36 asked if any of them had been sold in Charlotte and if customers should be worried.
The U-S Attorney’s Office declined to answer because the investigation is ongoing.
NewsChannel 36 took the concerns to Kent Adams. He has 30 years of experience in the body shop business, and currently works for B and R Body.
"An airbag that does not deploy properly is either not going to inflate properly. Which means it's going to stop short of the full protection," said Adams.
Adams says that air bag safety could be a matter of life and death. If a person has a question about whether their airbags are counterfeit they should not take a chance.
"I would go to the nearest repair facility that was certified to work on that particular automobile and have it thoroughly checked," he said.
Agents say this case touches North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Borodin’s alleged role is not yet clear.