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Why Can’t We Reuse Car Airbags After an Accident?

So, you got into a fender bender and your air bags were deployed. These important safety features have been around for decades, and have saved thousands of lives. Whenever the airbags in your vehicle are deployed, it’s important to have them replaced. We’ll tell you how they work and why they can’t be reused.  

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How Do Vehicle Airbags Work?

Airbags are an important feature of every new vehicle, but it’s important to be sure that they are in working order whenever you hit the road. The airbag itself is made from a thin nylon, and is folded carefully into the side panels and steering wheel. There is also a sensor that measures the force of your vehicle, and will trigger the airbag deployment whenever a collision occurs.

The other part of the airbag is the actual inflation system. When the sensor triggers deployment, the airbag system releases sodium azide and potassium nitrate. When combined, those two chemicals react to produce a sudden burst of hot nitrogen gas. The gas inflates the bag quickly and then leaks out of holes in the bag after the collision.

Because the chemical reaction can only happen once, and the bags themselves are unsafe after they are deployed, it’s important to have them fully replaced after each deployment.

Schedule Airbag Replacement or Inspection West Palm Beach FL

If you’re looking for a team of experts who can replace or inspect your airbag system, you’re in luck here at Palm Beach Lamborghini. Make an appointment online or give us a call to get your car in shape.