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Old 08-01-2003, 11:02 AM
UK 2.3-16v
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I'd have thought setting the airbags off before the cars make contact would be a shade daft - you'd surely run the risk eating canvas if someone carved you up on the motorway?

As I understand it, it takes a very specific type of impact to actually deploy the airbags - I know someone who put a modern Jaguar saloon through a motorway metal crash barrier head-on, then rolled some 6 times before hitting a tree and NONE of the airbags deployed... The police crash investigation team said to him that it's surprising what it takes to actually set the things off.

Credit to Jaguar - he had both right hand tyres blow out at over 100mph, and the police estimated he hit the barrier, more or less head on at about 90mph - the car ended up unrecognisable... and he walked away with a broken wrist and concussion.
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