A Closer Look at What Happens During Collision Repair
Airbags are an important safety feature in vehicles and are designed to deploy during a collision to protect the occupants of the vehicle. However, what happens to these airbags after an accident? If an airbag deploys during a crash, it will need to be replaced before the vehicle can be driven again. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the process of replacing airbags during collision repair, including what happens to the old airbags and what goes into installing new ones.
Replacing Deployed Airbags
Why deployed airbags need to be replaced
Airbags are designed to deploy once and then need to be replaced, this is the case when an airbag deploys during a collision, it will no longer be able to provide the necessary protection in the event of another accident. Replacing airbags is crucial for the safety of the vehicle occupants.
How deployed airbags are replaced
Replacing airbags is a job typically done by trained professionals at a collision repair shop. They will first diagnose the issue and then proceed to remove the old airbag and install a new one, making sure all the electrical connections are properly made and checking for any other related issues.
Cost of replacing deployed airbags
The cost of replacing a deployed airbag can vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle. It can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. It’s important to note that the cost may also include additional parts such as the airbag module and control unit.
Replacing Undeployed Airbags
Why undeployed airbags may need to be replaced
So you may be wondering, “If the airbag didn’t deploy, why would it need to be replaced?” Well, sometimes even if the airbag doesn’t deploy, the system itself can be damaged or malfunction. It could be due to a manufacturing defect, or a problem with the sensors that trigger deployment. In these cases, it’s important to have those airbags replaced to make sure they will work properly if they are needed in the future.
How undeployed airbags are replaced
Replacing undeployed airbags is similar to replacing deployed airbags, the process typically done by professional mechanics at a collision repair shop. The mechanic will first diagnose the issue, then proceed to remove the old airbag and install a new one. They will also make sure all the electrical connections are properly made and check for any other related issues.
Cost of replacing undeployed airbags
Similar to deployed airbags, the cost of replacing undeployed airbags will vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle, and the parts required for the replacement. It’s usually less expensive than replacing deployed airbags, but it could still be quite costly. It’s important to check with your insurance company if the cost would be covered under your policy. If not, you may want to shop around for the best deal.
Installing New Airbags
Types of new airbags available
So now that you know why and how airbags get replaced, you might be wondering what kind of options are available when it comes to new airbags. Well, there are a few different types of airbags available, depending on the make and model of your vehicle. There are front airbags, side airbags, and even curtain airbags. Some new cars even come with knee airbags. Make sure to check with your mechanic or the manufacturer of your vehicle to see which type of airbag is best for you.
How replacing airbags is accomplished
Installing new airbags can be a complex process and it’s best left to professionals. But, in general, mechanics will remove the old airbag and replace it with the new one. They will also make sure all the electrical connections are properly made, and check for any other related issues. During this process, the mechanic will also calibrate the airbag system so that it works properly.
Safety testing of new airbags
Safety is always the top priority when it comes to airbags, so it’s important to note that new airbags are thoroughly tested before they’re installed in a vehicle. After the new airbag is installed, the mechanic will perform a series of tests to make sure it’s working properly and will deploy when needed. It’s also important to note that the new airbags have to be installed with the right type of sensor and module to work properly and that is why the shop need to use the proper tools, diagnostic and the right replacement parts.
Call to action for vehicle owners
To vehicle owners, we recommend that you regularly check your airbags, and if you’ve been in an accident, have your airbags inspected and replaced if necessary. Don’t take any chances with your safety, or the safety of your passengers. Make sure your airbags are in proper working condition. If you’re unsure about the status of your airbags or if you’re facing any related issues, consult with your mechanic or the manufacturer of your vehicle.
Check to see if your airbag is under recall
- Contact your vehicle’s manufacturer: Most vehicle manufacturers have a recall section on their website where you can search for recalls by VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). You can also contact them directly by phone or email to inquire about any recalls.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): The NHTSA maintains a database of vehicle safety recalls and investigations. You can search for recalls by make, model, and year of your vehicle.
- Visit your local dealership: Dealerships are required to repair vehicles that have been recalled free of charge. Your dealership can also provide you with information about any recalls on your vehicle.
- Check with your mechanic: Your mechanic can also check for any recalls on your vehicle during routine maintenance or if you’ve brought your vehicle in for service.
- Sign up for recall notifications: You can sign up to receive recall notifications directly from the NHTSA by email or text message. This way you will be notified as soon as a recall is issued for your vehicle.
It’s important to note that not all recalls are related to airbags, but airbag recalls are some of the most critical safety recall campaigns as it related to the safety of the vehicle’s occupants. So, it’s always better to stay updated and take action if you think your vehicle is part of a recall campaign. If you have any questions, of course, you may just contact us here.