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EDR codes extracted

B1994, b2775, b1231 -two of these indicate short circuit. the last one, im not sure. what would be the cause of airbag deployment then?

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  • mind_mirrors Jun 07, 2009

    2 years prior to the deployment this car run over something. damage was significant as the windshield fluid bottle was ripped off (this damage was located at the front passenger side) airbags never deployed.
    Dealership reason for current driver side curtain deployment is that car must have had a collision as they found damage to the front passenger under-body (crossmember), that is the cause of airbag deployment.
    in my opinion dealership might be seeing damage from 2007 and using that as an excuse for recent deployment. (damage in 2007 was repaired at the same dealership...) they are not responding to my proof about short circuit codes, i was actually told to find the cause and location of the short circuit. car is still on warranty.
    whos right?

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This same thing just happened to me. Mazda 2010 certified used (just bought it was few months ago). Driving on I-95 going 70MPH and bam! Driver side curtain air bag deploys.

Mazda claiming I "hit" something and there is damage underneath my car. Not even a scratch on the outside of the car.

This is a disaster...likely sending the car to a third party auto shop to get an unbiased opinion then going to have to lawyer up.

Mazda wants you to keep quiet and their attitude is call insurance"...not even slightly concerned about this happening to other people.

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Last one is a code saying the bags deployed, I believe. Maybe massive water damage to sensors? 1994 is resistance too high on driver side curtain airbag, indicating an open circuit, and 2775 says short to ground indicating grounded circuit. Did they all occur simultaneously? If so, may be a direct result of deployment. Do not know why they deployed. Give as much info as possible.

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