I was just involved in a head on collision and my entire front is crumpled in and the car doesn't move anymore. Since the moment I collided into the other vehicle the LED display screen has said "Airbags need servicing." Were the airbags supposed to deploy? Why do my airbags need servicing if the car was bought brand new and have never been deployed before? It was in for repairs in october, could I be a victim of airbag theft or did the sensors that deploy the airbags break during the crash?
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First make sure the battery is disconnected to avoid blowing out your air bags. Next replace the offending collision sensor, it should be located on the radiator support, you may also need to remove the front bumper cover to gain access. If the vehicle was in a collision and that is the reason it's being replaced, then make sure you also check wiring for any damage as a short can cause the airbags to go off again unexpectedly and cause injury or damage to the vehicle.
After replacing the faulty part, clear the code(s) from the BCM.
It is possible to fix but you need to take it to a body shop with whats know as a frame rack. It can pull the body and frame back to factory specs. Word to the wise it will cost you big bucks hope you have insurance
it doesnt matter if gm recomends it...if the insurance company wants it replaced than an icar certified welder should know what to do...with out replacement of full rail then your insurance doesn't have liabilty if some one gets hurt later in another accident because a structural component wasn't replaced when they recomended it...It needs to be replaced properly collision shop cannot cut rail below tolerances everycar is engineered to crumple ..and they layer the rails to provide safety in the event of a collision....creases can be straightened in certain locations but rails need to be spot welded to increase strength...a certified autobody welder will not cut a rail, instead he will drillout the old one andplace in the new one.. i dont recomend they cut and mig without a manufacturers consent...you should consult a dealer with experience in collision repairs ...dont give consent for an improper repair to make the shops life easier or cheaper...because the liability becomes yours....
In the steering wheel and passenger side dash.Due to the age of the vehicle probably doesn't have the curtain "side" airbags.The airbags were designed primarily for head on collisions. Here is some useful information to why the may have not deployed courtesy of http://www.asashop.org/autoinc/dec2001/collision.htm How Air Bags Work
To have a frontal (driver or passenger) air bag deploy, certain criteria must be met. One of these criteria is that the frontal impact must be within a 60-degree window, occurring within 30 degrees from the vehicle's centerline. Another key element is that the crash forces are equivalent to a head-on collision with an immovable barrier at 10-15 miles per hour. Because a typical automobile accident only lasts about 0.125 (1/8th) of a second, air bags deploy within 15 to 20ms after the initial crash impact. To create a protective cushion between the occupant and the vehicle's interior, the air bag inflates at speeds up to 200 mph within approximately 30ms after impact. This allows the occupant to contact a fully inflated bag within approximately 45 to 50ms after the initial crash impact. Approximately 100ms after impact the bag deflates.