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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-03-2008, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Airbag deployment ?

Does anyone know how much abuse my '02 TJ can endure before the air bag deploys ? If it's a potential problem, what can be done to secure the bags ? I'd rather find out before they do their $500 balloon trick, if they even may do dat ever !
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I'm assuming you're talking about off-roading it.....i've never heard of that happening on the trail.

the air bags are deployed by accelerometers that measure the rate at which your speed changes......in an accident your vehicle's speed drops fast, which sets off the airbags.

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lol,

nah!

I wheeled my TJ and ran it into rocks and trees all the time. plenty of other people here have done the same w/o a problem....many of whom are far more abusive than I ever was!

wheeling with a jeep is typically done at low speeds so theres pretty much no danger of that happening......unless you decide to go "Baja 500" style at the bash

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I would personally beg to differ with Greg. I have personally seen them set off twice by off-roaders. One was a slide over a 5/6' drop off that he landed on the nose and the other caught a tree on a downhill. (anyone the remembers me clipping the tree on a large decent at the last badlands would agree that it would have set one off since everybody came running up to see if I was alright....took my steering wheel 3/4 turn from straight on my alignment)

So I would never personally wheel with one hooked up. It's 5 minutes worth of work to disconnect them for a weekend fun trip.

Just my $.02.


Besides...........I thought this airbag thread was about you taking Jim somewhere.


(On a side note since I work at a yard............I have set dozens off crashing junkers. Some go easy and some I would have sworn I hit hard enough to deploy and never did. So you never know how easy they go. They are not something to play with. And if you plan on disconnecting them just make sure you know how to do it safely first. Read, or ask here.....it's easy)

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Thanks all ! The passenger side does have an off/on switch, no problem there. Sounds like deployment could happen, but not likely. I,m going to check into disconnecting it, if not a big problem, then I'll "get r dun". Other wise ~ ~ ~ roll the dice !!
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If the airbag goes off, it's supposed to be because you've had a frontal impact severe enough to require the extra protection, off road or not.

Or is it because you've had a frontal impact severe enough to require the extra protection if you're not wearing the lap/shoulder belt?

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What Jim said: """"If the airbag goes off, it's supposed to be because you've had a frontal impact severe enough to require the extra protection, off road or not.""""

Like a loaded gun, I'd rather be caught with it than without it.
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It takes the equivalent of hitting a solid staionary object at 15 mph or greater head on to activate the airbag.
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It takes the equivalent of hitting a solid staionary object at 15 mph or greater head on to activate the airbag.
Yeah, I was going to add that, the way we drive, I can't imagine an impact occurring at the Badlands that would be severe enough to set it off.

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