Airbags are an integral part of vehicle safety and became a federal requirement on all cars beginning in 1998. Of course, airbags don’t usually deploy unless you have been in a collision. What actions should you take to replace your airbag after it deploys? Will your car still be drivable?
Airbag Deploys: Now What?
Follow the normal steps after a collision. If there is serious injury, either to yourself or a passenger, call 911. As far as driving goes, do NOT drive the car after the airbag has deployed. Most modern cars have a safety mechanism in place that automatically shuts off the engine to prevent further operation. If for some reason the engine is still running, turn off the ignition right away. A collision can result in a fuel leak, creating a fire hazard.
The car will need to be towed to an auto repair center for an assessment and an airbag replacement.
Is the Car Totaled if the Airbag Deploys?
A prevailing belief is that the car is considered totaled once the airbag deploys. This is not always the case. States have their respective definitions of what constitutes a totaled vehicle. In most states, a car is considered totaled if damage exceeds 75% of the car’s total monetary value.
The airbag’s deploying does not automatically make the car a total loss. However, airbags are expensive to replace and can cost upwards of $1,000. This can contribute to the cost reaching that 75% threshold. This is especially true of older cars that have already undergone significant depreciation.
Let Us Service Your Vehicle
Our auto service works on all vehicle types, including diesel and classic cars. Bring your car to Bothell Way Garage for your next scheduled maintenance. Let us have a look if you suspect internal damage in a collision where the airbag deploys.
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