But airbags don't always deploy when drivers think they should. "I had an accident on May 8, 2010 in my 2007 Corolla LE.
The reason so many people believe this is because a high percentage of vehicles are totaled after the airbag deploys for a couple of reasons. Lots of people carry physical damage coverage on aging vehicles which have highly depreciated. Airbags are very expensive upwards of $1,000.
Airbags are meant to protect you from injury in the event of an accident, but sometimes the airbag can cause more injury when deployed. When deployed, the airbags come out with forceful and explosive energy, and many victims have suffered broken noses, bruises or even fatalities as a result.
Airbag sensors were defective – If the impact of a collision should have triggered an airbag to deploy, but it did not, it may be possible that the sensors failed to correctly detect the impact or deploy the airbag. This could be the result of manufacturers that improperly design, test, or install sensors, as well as failures in software or calibration of the airbag firing threshold.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, frontal airbags should deploy in a moderate to severe frontal accident. This typically happens when the vehicle is moving 8 to 14 miles per hour and hits a fixed barrier.
However, airbags are not designed to deploy in every accident, and you will only have a case if the airbag was supposed to deploy and the failure caused you to have additional or more serious injuries.
How Do Airbags Work? We know that airbags can protect passengers and drivers from fatal injuries and render the accident marginally less harmful to everyone involved; but how do airbags determine the exact time to deploy? Important components. An airbag is managed by the ACU (Airbag Control Unit, which is a special type of Electronic Control Unit).