SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Senate and Assembly on Aug. 30 passed legislation that would impose higher penalties on collision repair dealers that fail to restore an airbag that deployed during a crash, Collision Week reported. 

The legislation is now on the desk of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

Senate Bill 427 would impose a fine of $5,000 or up to one year in prison, or both, on any automotive repair dealer that "prepares a written estimate for repairs that includes replacement of a deployed airbag and who fails to repair and fully restore the airbag to original operating condition." 

The legislation also changes state law so that collision repair shops cannot use aftermarket exterior lighting in their repair work without fully disclosing in the estimate that the part is non-OEM.