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Old 11-09-2003, 04:09 PM
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Effective airbags in the 84-89 Mercedes?

I have heard from someone that the airbags on the older Mercedes more than likely do not work, as the older Mercedes only had about a 10-12 year airbag life.
Driver airbag was optional on the 1984-1985 Mercedes (I think the only exception was the 300D, 300CD and 300TD) and was standard on all beginning in 1986.
I hope no one has- but I will ask just incase. Has anyone recently had a moderate to severe frontal crash in a airbag equipped 84-89 Mercedes and have a non-inflating airbag?
I am considering a 86-88 420SEL or 560SEL and was concerned about this. I know that even without airbags that these cars would still be some of the safest on the road, but would like to know about this airbag problem- if there is one. Thanks for any information.
1991 Lincoln Town Car Executive (33k miles)
1991 Cadillac Sedan DeVille (77k miles)
1992 Toyota Camry LE (177k miles)
1972 Chevrolet Caprice Kingswood Estate 9-passenger wagon (44k miles)
1973 Pontiac Grand Ville 4-dr hardtop sedan (94k miles)
1988 Mercedes 300SEL (was mine, now mothers)
(Prior MB's: 1974 240D, 1985 380SE, 1984 190D)
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