Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 18:44:57 -0500
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Airbags tested on 9000

Joachim Baptist wrote: > I crashed my car ;-( into a wall yesterday. It wasn't at high speed and no > one was hurt. I can now say that airbags do work. Damage i have is the > following. Broken front glass (probably due to a glitch that was there > allready). > One lamp broken. > both side signals got broken at there fixing points. > front bumper of course and the grill. > Also the 2 airbags exploded. > It's a 9000 cde from 94. I went to the garage and they say that it will set > me back something around 10.000 $ The high cost is because of the exploded > air bags. You have just discovered why there are so many 'slightly' damaged newer cars sitting in scrap yards. The cost of the body repairs PLUS the cost of mandatory new airbags makes it cheaper to total the car. In the US, it ia mandatory that all safety systems be repaired before the car can be sold or driven on the road again. You can get a waiver for the airbags if you can convince the Department of Transportation that they are a hazard to you - if you are of small stature and must sit close to the steering wheel. But there might be a loophole - if the vehicle is not registered for legal road use - either as as farm vehicle or a strictly off road/track only racer. Did you ever want to race your 9000? > > Problem is that i was going to sell the car because of a big journey next > year. Only thing i can do is try to sell it to the highest bidder and maybe > get back some 2.000 $ max. Even if i get it fixed i will never get the money > back out of it. > > Anyone an idea to what would be the best option? Can you get it fixed and > leave the airbags out? I have been told that some do it but it is illegal > over here in Belgium. > > Anything would be greatly appreciated. > > Thanks, > Jo.

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