Those fine customizers at West Coast Customs were handed a $16,000 fine (roughly the price of Shaq's latest rims) for installing a TV monitor in a steering wheel, thus replacing the airbag. The fine comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that said not only was the TV distracting but tampering with an airbag is against the law. Unique Autosports in New York was also fined $5,000 for a similar offense. While I applaud the government for stopping what has got to be the most reckless trend in recent years, I wonder what this means for folks who replace their stock steering wheels with custom ones (sans LCD screen), thus removing the airbag altogether? Is that too against the law?
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