Has anyone had experiences with door removal and side impact air bags? I'm trying to figure out any problems associated with popping doors and/or total removal. I would think that the act of sreading and popping a door may trigger the side impact sensor and thus deploy the air bags. Any insight on the issue?
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Thread: Side Impact SRS & Door Removal
07-30-2009, 12:23 PM #1
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Side Impact SRS & Door Removal
07-30-2009, 02:18 PM #2
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One suggestion is attacking hinge side first. Simply spread to expose the hinges, and then cut them. Remove the door totally by minimal spreading near the latch at that point.Developer and Sr. Presenter, Team Xtreme
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08-04-2009, 05:26 PM #3
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im having a hard time thinking of a situation where the doors would have to come off that the side airbags wouldn't deploy except for sensor failure. At that point they could deploy for no reason, or never deploy. But when removing doors i always focus on the hinge side which as stated before would be the best move to not deploy the side bags.
08-12-2009, 01:08 PM #4
09-04-2009, 02:56 PM #5
You've missed something. You said "I'm having a hard time thinking of a situation where the doors would have to come off that the side airbags wouldn't deploy except for sensor failure."
Door-mounted side-impact airbags are not the most common design but they are popular with BMW for example. They deploy with side or off-angle side impacts as you said. If struck broadside, yes, we all expect that the airbags inside that door will deploy.
So, how could a door be jammed and the airbag inside that door still loaded? Well, you forgot that a hard-impact frontal or rear-end collision could jam airbag-equipped doors but those door bags would not deploy.
You also didn't think about a situation where one side of the car is smashed in a broadside collision. Yes, those bags would deploy but the bags in the doors on the opposite side would still be loaded. Those doors could be jammed and need to be forced open with the loaded bags present.
So there you go...Ron Moore, Forum Moderator
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