Which Item is Most Stolen from Vehicles in Minneapolis

Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in Minneapolis?

Is it:

  1. Stereo
  2. Wheels
  3. Air Bag
  4. DVD System

Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in Minneapolis – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000, but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in Minneapolis.

Stolen airbags are making their way back into cars that have been in an accident. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them.

Contact Wagamon Brothers for more information about where to get your airbags checked or replaced.
Find us at 3719 3rd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421
You can reach us by phone at: 763.789.7227

There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag replacements are stolen or salvaged airbags – or no airbag is installed at all.

That is definitely one car part you don’t want to take a chance with, so Wagamon Brothers recommends following these guidelines:

  • Use a reputable collision repair center that employs ASE certified mechanics (we can offer recommendations at Wagamon Brothers).
  • Inspect the invoice to ensure that the repair shop purchased the airbag from a manufacturer, dealer, or recycler. If you can inspect the airbag prior to installation, it should be packaged in a sealed container from the manufacturer.
  • You will see the SRS light (Supplemental Restraint System) when you first start your vehicle up. This tells you that the airbag system is activated. If you do not see the SRS light, there is likely a problem with the airbag system.

For more information, contact Pat at Wagamon Brothers by calling 763.789.7227.

Wagamon Brothers

3719 3rd Street NE

Columbia Heights, MN 55421

763-789-7227

I took my truck in for service for the first time to Wagamon Brothers. I was very impressed with...

Lori Kyle
Date: Jul 12, 2010
  • Family Owned and Operated since 1957
  • 17 service bays
  • Our shop is equipped with the most modern and sophisticated computerized equipment available.