air bags

Submitted: Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 10:15
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I just serviced a AU2 falcon and was reading through the owners manual it recomends replacing the air bags at 15yrs old.
Wont be a problem for the first couple of owners I imagine but no one will be able to afford to do that to a 15 year old car I wonder if they have to be replaced for ADR`s or just removed (so they dont go off when they are not meant to ???)
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Reply By: koh - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 11:59

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 11:59
Interesting piont, no idea, however I was wondering also if theres any legal issues with removing them and not replacing them ?
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Reply By: joc45 - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:32

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:32
I suppose this begs the question as to whether the manufacturer still stocks spares after 15 years, and whether the replacement bags would total more than the vehicle is worth (esp an AU Falcon ;-\ ).
Gerry
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Reply By: diamond(bendigo) - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:56

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 12:56
gday crfan.
cant really see there being any au falcons around in 15 years lol.
ps im a ford manback by popular demand
:-)
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Reply By: Mickl - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 14:18

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 14:18
I've never heard the price for one of these things, but they must cost an arm and a leg. Not long ago I saw on one of those "Today Tonight" type shows a story on the rising rate of people returning to their cars to find the window smashed and airbag unit gone!!. also theft of spare alloy wheels out of boot, and bumper bars!!... remember when it used to be the stereo or hub caps?? times change, even for thieves.....
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Follow Up By: joc45 - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 22:43

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 22:43
I recall when these things first started getting fitted to vehicles, insurance companies were bleating about the cost of replacement of air bags following collisions - 4-digit $ for some.
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Follow Up By: Wazza (Vic) - Sunday, Oct 26, 2003 at 10:04

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003 at 10:04
Joc,

you are right - especially as some models the dash gets pretty much destroyed when they go off. I heard Honda's were bad for this.Cheers,
Wazza
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Reply By: awill4x4 - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 22:16

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 22:16
There was an article on this in one of the Melb newspapers lately. Apparently the concern is with the explosive propellant charge which inflates the airbags. Like everything they are built with an expected life and the manufacturers have determined that 15 years is about it. How they came to this life span I don't know.
Regards Andrew.
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Follow Up By: Mickl - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 23:57

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 23:57
Out of left field, but to do with the explosive charge; I remember talking to technician at the dealer once, he told me that when they do a diagnostic test on airbag system, that they have all the cars windows down, wear safety glasses and no one is allowed within so many meters of the car incase the bag deploys. (test done from a remote terminal with a long lead to the diagnostic plug) Obviously these things must go off with a bang.....
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Reply By: smod - Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 23:09

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003 at 23:09
With the used car market at the stage it is at today, there would be no reason why any one would have a 15 year old ford / holden what ever in years to come as the prices have dropped so much in the used car market and will only drop further. We've talked about a throw away world for quite a few years now and the time span on replacable items is shortening.
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Follow Up By: joc45 - Sunday, Oct 26, 2003 at 10:16

Sunday, Oct 26, 2003 at 10:16
Sadly, I reckon you're right.
But I hope that only applies to cars, not 4wds - given their cost.
But then, with the placcy fitted to Nissans and Tojos these days, it looks like after 15 years you will be left with an engine, transmission and chassis in good nick but a body in tatters (bit like myself).
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