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Rod Eggleston ASKED THE GUIDE

Up in the air

MY SON had an accident in my 1997 Jeep Wrangler Renegade. Someone turned in front of him when he was doing about 40km/h and he T-boned the other vehicle. Though there was extensive damage to both vehicles, the Jeep's airbags did not activate. Should they have, and should the airbags have been checked by the repairer?

IT'S hard to say the airbags should have deployed without knowing more about the crash, but my feeling is they probably wouldn't have at that speed. Deployment is a last resort in a crash that would otherwise be life-threatening. At 40km/h the impact would probably have been absorbed by the crumple zones. It was probably low impact, even though the Jeep sustained a lot of damage.

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