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Airbag did not deploy

I was in a auto accident and traveling 50 KPH when another car attempting to make a right turn n front of me hit my left front, the damage was a write off. My airbag did not deploy. Who should I report this to?

Was it a front impact air bag? Was it a side impact collision? Does your vehicle have side curtain air bags? Did they deploy? Were you injured because the air bag didn’t deploy?

It sounds like the accident may have been of the type which would not be helped with a front impact air bag. It might not be necessary to report it to anyone.

If you could describe the accident in greater detail and tell us what kind of car it is, we might be able to give you a better answer.

you need to know the criteria of said system,before jumping to conclusions.

the SRS ecu saw the whole thing,have it scanned and look at what it prob saw a condition that would have hurt you worse,and choose not to blow the bag.

alot of time goes into SRS systems.and pretty darn reliable. not saying its not poss but VERY unlikley.


If someone was injuried and a insurance company had to make a payoff (large or small)they would probably like to investigate if the nondeploying airbag was a issue.

As far as there being a “watchdog” agency you could see if the NHSTB takes these kinds of reports (I conclude you are just being a “good citizen” and wish to make it known that a safety device failed(in your judgement).

Also, given the “KPH” instead of “MPH” what country are you in?

“the SRS ecu saw the whole thing, have it scanned and look at what it saw.”

It can’t report anything. It saw nothing. If an impact sensor was triggered, it would have fired the airbags. That’s all it does, a go-no go device.

The OP might tell us if the SRS system was self-testing like it is supposed to…The warning light should come on every time the key is turned on, then go out after a few seconds, signifying the system was armed and ready to operate.

Some late model cars offer “smart airbag systems”. Systems that deploy in stages designed to match the severity of the impact.Seat position and seal belt use are taken into account in determining the deployment rate.

There is a accelerometer inside the “computer” for the airbag system that senses the direction of the impact.

50 KPH is equal to about 31 MPH. Depending on the g-force load and where you were hit. The airbags may have not deployed. However that does not indicate a problem with the airbag system. It’s entirely possible (and likely) that the impact was not sufficently abrupt enough for the airbags to deploy.

is it a used car or a new one?

I’d hate to be an alarmist, but there’s been a lot of news stories lately about people improperly replacing or not replacing at all airbags that have been deployed in cars that have been in accidents.

If its a used car, or has been in an accident before, make sure that the airbags have been properly replaced.

CADDYMAN,better get some formal training,not to be crude,BUT MY FRIEND YOU HAVE NO CLUE.

google for awhile,and you still wont understand,and it PROVES you have no clue with that untrained response.

that or you slept through class.this aint 1978 ,and neither are the cars,carbs are gone,computer memory is where its at.



Like GreasyJack, I deduce that you live somewhere outside of the US.

If you live in the US, it would be appropriate to report this incident to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but if you do not live in the US, I doubt that they would accept a report from you–nor should they accept a report from you.

Surely you can do some research to find out what equivalent agency (if any!) exists in your country.

Caddyman, once again you need to get with the 21st century. A lot of things about the way cars work have changed since the 70’s.

I have to also ask what country. Agencies to deal with this, or even laws to deal with required safety equipment and performance, even liability laws, are not global. Things required here in the US are not even required in many countries.