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Airbag Issues in a Used Car

Whu Do Aibafgs Malfunction?

Airbags, a critical safety feature in any vehicle, can pose significant risks when dealing with used cars.

  1. Faulty Airbags: These are the most common risk associated with used cars. Faulty airbags may not deploy in an accident, or they might deploy randomly, causing potential harm.

  2. Counterfeit Airbags: There are instances where original airbags are replaced with cheap, counterfeit versions that don't meet safety standards. These faux airbags can fail to deploy or explode, causing injury.

  3. Improperly Installed Airbags: If an airbag has been deployed in the past and replaced, there's a risk that the replacement wasn't installed correctly, affecting its operation.

  4. Unknown History: The airbag's history may not be fully known when purchasing a used car. It could have been deployed and replaced, or it could be faulty without the seller disclosing this information.

  5. Recalled Airbags: Some used vehicles might contain recalled airbags that haven't been replaced, like those affected by the Takata recall.

  6. Absent airbags. A variation of airbag scams where the airbag compartment is filled with anything but an airbag and the check and alarm system is being tampeted with so as not to warn about airbag malfunction.

In the realm of airbag scams, one common deceit involves the sale of cars with counterfeit airbags or with the airbag system's warning light disabled. In some cases, scammers stuff random objects into the airbag compartment after a deployment instead of replacing the airbag, which is a cheaper but extremely dangerous practice.

Recent statistics on airbag fraud and injuries associated with faulty airbags are alarming. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), counterfeit airbags often found in used vehicles fail to properly inflate 100% of the time, posing an enormous safety risk. The NHTSA also states that over 50,000 vehicles are on the road with counterfeit airbags. Meanwhile, in the wake of the Takata recall, the largest in history, over 41.6 million vehicles have been affected, and 16 deaths in the U.S. have been directly linked to these faulty airbags.

Apart from deliberate airbag scams, here are some specific causes and technical aspects of airbag malfunctions, along with ways to detect each problem:

  1. Faulty Sensors: Sensors in the airbag system detect a collision and trigger the airbags to deploy. These sensors can fail due to wiring issues or physical damage. This can be detected through a diagnostic test using specialized tools.

  2. Electrical Problems: Corrosion or loose connections can affect the electrical wiring of the airbag system, causing it to malfunction (common in water damaged vehicles). Warning lights on the dashboard or intermittent airbag light are common signs of electrical issues. This could be due to corroded, frayed, or loose wires, or a blown fuse.

  3. Crash Sensor Calibration: If crash sensors are not calibrated correctly, they may not trigger the airbags when needed. This issue can be detected during a vehicle inspection by a trained technician.

  4. Airbag Module Issues: The airbag module, which controls the entire airbag system, can fail due to software issues or internal faults. A diagnostic scan tool can help identify problems with the airbag module.

  5. Clock Spring Failure: The clock spring, which maintains electrical continuity for the airbag even as the steering wheel turns, can break or wear out over time. Symptoms include the airbag light turning on and other controls on the steering wheel like the horn or radio controls not working.

It is important to get airbag malfunctions checked and fixed promptly to ensure the safety of the vehicle's occupants.

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