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Old 05-04-2001, 03:23 PM
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The Airbag deploys via ignition of a substance - typically Sodium Azide. (See for a full article). The ignitor and Sodium Azide MAY degrade with time, and the Accelerometer/sensor MAY become unreliable with time. Life span of airbags is a valid engineering concern, but is also probably driven by legal liability issues. I understand a replacement bag is about $1000! Mine expires next year - I am still debating my options.

[Edited by JCE on 05-04-2001 at 05:47 PM]

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