Since the invention of the airbag in 1968, millions of lives have been saved. These inflating devices help keep you safe during impacts or crashes. But airbags can only be used once and need to be replaced. Many people think that if an airbag has deployed in their car, that they have to get a new car because it is totaled or for future safety reasons. That is not always the case. If you have had a minor crash where your car is still drivable but the airbag deployed, all you need to do is get an airbag replacement in Hopewell and Pennington, NJ by the auto repair professionals at European Plus. Call our ASE certified auto mechanics at 609-737-7226 to set up an appointment for airbag replacement today.
How Does An Airbag Work?
An airbag functions like an inflated chemical air pillow that pops out of the wheel when a car crashes. This is to help cushion the driver’s head from smashing into the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield, and helps to slow or stop the person from breaking their face, neck, or chin. Because of the law of physics, when a car crashes, it stops, but the person inside it keeps moving forward- unless it has something to stop them. The airbag stops them in a safe and less harmful manner than the steering wheel or windshield would. Since 1998, all cars are mandated to have airbags in at least the front two seats. Many cars today now have air bags on all sides of the interior car including the back seats.
Your seatbelts and airbags work together to keep you and your passengers safely restrained in the event that there is an accident. Airbags inflate when a sensor is hit at a predetermined rate of impact and keep you from hitting anything in your car with your body, therefore preventing bodily injury to you and your passengers. The airbags will deflate on their own due to holes that are placed into them that let the inflated gas disperse.
Airbag Light On
Sometimes your car’s airbag light will come on with no indications of a crash or any other damage to your car. This light is called the SRS light, or the Supplemental Restraint System warning light, and it can turn on when any of the sensors in the airbags in your car go off. The light can get triggered from sensors being jostled by a seat belt, damaged clock spring inside the steering wheel, or a crash sensor that needs to be reset. Most of the time, the SRS light is nothing to be worried about, but you still need to get it checked out because if you ever are in an accident, the airbags might not deploy since the SRS light is already on and indicating that they are already inflated.
Airbag Replacement Services
Federal safety regulations require that air bags are functioning in vehicles. If you have been in a car accident where the airbags deployed, then in accordance with federal safety regulation those airbags need to be replaced. An airbag that has been deployed due to an accident cannot be repaired, it must be replaced. If you have had an accident where your airbags were deployed from being hit on a sensor and you are having your car repaired instead of getting a new car, then come see us at European Plus or call us at 609-737-7226 for our new airbag installation service in Hopewell and Pennington, NJ. Since our goal is to provide you with the best customer service, we also provide airbag inspection and replacement services.