Frequently Asked Questions About Airbag Deployment

Airbags are designed to deploy when there is a major accident. The airbags are designed to save lives when major accidents occur. Fortunately, most people are involved in minor fender benders, and as such, the airbags typically do not deploy. However, if you have been involved in a major accident that deployed the airbags, you may have many questions. Here are a few of the frequently asked questions about airbag deployment and the answers. 

Can Airbags Be Used Again After an Accident? 

Airbags cannot be fixed or reused after an accident. When airbags were first introduced, there were some types of airbags that could be repaired. However, those airbags are no longer being installed in cars, and if you do have them, it is recommended that they not be repaired. After the airbags have been deployed, they need to be discarded. New airbags will need to be installed. 

Why Is the Airbag Sensor Light On Even though the Airbags Were Not Deployed? 

If an accident is severe, the airbag sensor light may come on, even though your airbags were not deployed. Unfortunately, this is a safety feature, and your car will not operate until the airbag sensor light has been reset. An auto body repair shop can ensure your airbags are still in working condition and reset the light. 

Is a Car Totaled If the Airbags Are Deployed? 

There is a common misconception out there that if your airbags are deployed, your car will automatically be totaled. The reason this myth is repeated is because many cars are totaled when the airbags have been deployed for two reasons. First, airbags are deployed during serious accidents, and serious accidents cause major damage to a car. Secondly, airbags can be expensive to replace. Replacing one airbag alone can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $6,0000. As such, that can increase the repair costs, and thus, increase the chances of your car being totaled. However, the airbags deploying does not automatically mean your car will be totaled. 

Can An Auto Body Repair Shop Replace Deployed Airbags? 

If your airbags were deployed, you may wonder who can replace the airbags. Collision repair shops and auto body repair shops are trained to replace vehicle damage after a car accident, including replacing deployed airbags. Additionally, most car dealerships have the skills and resources to properly replace airbags in your vehicle. 

If you were involved in a car accident and the airbag sensor was triggered or the airbags were actually deployed, you need an autobody repair shop who can reset the sensors and/or replace your car’s airbags, as well as fix any damage done to your car in the accident. Certified Collision Center Autobody Repair Shop with locations in Tracy, Stockton, Manteca, Modesto, Lodi, South Sacramento, Oakdale and Galt, can help with all of your post-accident needs. Reach out to us today to discuss how we can help get your car back to its pre-accident condition. 

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