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Re: Son crashed scenic after skidding on ice
Most airbags have service intervals of 10 years, after this time they should be replaced, as to not do so may mean they are more likely to fail or accidently go off. Sadly though the cost is likely to see this not done or the car is not economic - it's never been tested as to whether insurers may pay less if this is not done and injury occurs (although other mechanical failures may be considered).
Most side activators are triggered by a sensor in the side piller. In this case that does not look to bent so it may well have not triggerred.
Normally though they go off if they produce an advantage, as no one was hurt then they probably should not have gone off as airbags themselves can injure and normally only deploy when thir injury is less than the accidents.
One thing of note though is this may lead towards considering skid pan training - it may not prevent an accident but helps deal with it if it happens again. It may make drivers drive at a more appropriate speed to the conditions, something no longer taught in tests.
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1956 4CV Sport De Luxe, Clio x 1 (Sold 1 at 155000 miles, other at 12 years and bought another) and a Laguna GST, Vel Satis ZE, Megane ZE