If you’re in a car crash and your airbags don’t go off, you may wonder if they’re working as they should. Your vehicle may have frontal airbags only or both side and frontal. Frontal airbags have been standard equipment in all passenger cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans since the late 1990s. You count on them to help protect you in a collision, but in some cases, they fail to go off. Does that mean they’re not working properly and they should be inspected as part of your collision repair?
Airbags aren’t designed to activate during every collision. While you want your airbag to go off when you need its protection, you certainly don’t want it going off in every collision. They use an explosive propellant that lets them inflate quickly, traveling as fast as 100 mph, and they can cause injuries. They should go off only when they’re truly needed.
This important safety feature is designed to work best when you wear a seat belt. In a crash, the airbags’ electronic control unit collects information to determine whether 1 or more airbags should be deployed. It sends a signal to the inflator, which causes the airbag to go off in a fraction of a second.
The following are some reasons why your airbags may not go off after a collision:
Your airbags are an important safety device that you need to be able to count on to deploy when needed. Newell’s takes this safety feature very seriously. As part of a repair, high tech computer diagnostics are used to locate fault codes that may be related to airbags or other safety related items. For a safe quality collision repair - stop by Newell’s Auto Body in Central Illinois. We’ve proudly served vehicle owners in the area since 1958 and would love to service your car and take care of your collision repair needs!