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Re: Son crashed scenic after skidding on ice

TBH, airbags, like other products containing explosive charges (i.e. bullets/fireworks) can only truly be tested, by firing them (which unfortunately renders them useless).

The manufactures throw numbers around, but the fact is - no-one knows if an airbag has a shelf-life for sure (for the above reason & the fact its a relatively new technology) - its not like a seatbelt where visual checks can be carried out.

All I can say is that the assumption has to be made that when the system self-checks on start-up, and the lights then go out - that all is well.

I think the impact looks offset, and as Mord pointed out - if no-one was in the passenger seat, then they probably wouldn't deploy in any case.


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