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Hi i had an accident with my BMW 320D hitting a tree. On impact the airbags did not inflate. Fortunately my injuries were not serious but the car pretty seriously damaged. Was there a fault with the airbags - I would appreciate your advise

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It all depends on the speed you hit tree. BMW can scan computer and track back any faults. Hopefully SRS/check engine light wasn't lit when you were involved in accident.

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