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What to Do if My Airbags Have Been Deployed?

Andy Mohr Collision Center

Airbags are essential safety tools for all drivers in the Plainfield, Indianapolis, Fishers, and Bloomington, IN, areas. In the event of an accident, do you know what to do after your airbags have been deployed? Our team at Andy Mohr Collision Center is here to give you a few tips and tricks to follow.

Down below, we’ll discuss the steps and precautions you should take after your airbags deploy, how airbags works and how our ASE-certified technicians can replace yours if needed, as well as our other post-collision services. Let’s get started.

What You Should Do After Your Airbags Deploy

Call 911

Let’s say you’ve been in a collision that caused your airbags to deploy. In this instance, you should follow the following steps to prevent any additional harm and to ensure your safety.

  • Call 911: The first thing you should do is call emergency services. Responders will arrive on scene and help you stabilize any vehicle or serious medical issues.
  • Shut off the engine: Some vehicles automatically shut off the engine when airbags inflate. However, if your vehicle doesn’t do this, make sure you shut off your engine to prevent any fires from potential fuel leaks.
  • Do not drive the car: Even if the accident was minor, have your vehicle towed away and find an alternative way home or way to medical care. Our body shop will be ready to take on your collision damages.

The Importance of Airbags

Importance of Airbags

Airbags are one of the best passive safety tools that can help you avoid contact with your steering wheel, windshield, dashboard, or door panel when involved in a serious collision.

You may be wondering, “How do they work?” When a vehicle is involved in an accident, a signal is sent from the airbag’s control unit to the inflator. The inflator then activates a chemical reaction, which produces a gas that quickly inflates the airbag. The airbag should take 20 to 30 milliseconds to inflate.

Airbags in conjunction with seatbelts can protect drivers, so it’s very important to have your airbags checked regularly or replaced if they’ve been recalled.

How to Have Airbags Replaced

If your airbags have deployed, you should have your vehicle towed to our facility. From there, our ASE-certified technicians can replace all inflated airbags with manufacturer-recommended replacements.

If some damage has incurred on your ride, our technicians can also do a thorough examination of all visible and all underlying damage. With your consent, they will start fixing up the damages.

Our Post-Collision Services

Post-Collision Services

As a thorough collision center, we offer our local neighbors and customers a slew of services that their vehicle may need post-collision or throughout the duration of its life. We can take care of these services:

  • Aluminum repair
  • Alloy wheel repair
  • Front-bumper replacement
  • Auto frame repair
  • Suspension damage, and more!

Our technicians are also qualified to take care of cosmetic damages, such as:

  • Chipped paint
  • Scratches
  • Cracked or chipped windshields
  • Dented bumpers
  • Dinged doors

Want to Learn More About Airbags?

If you have any further questions about what to do after your vehicle’s airbags have deployed or about our services, feel free to stop by Andy Mohr Collision Center near Plainfield, Indianapolis, Fishers, and Bloomington, Indiana.

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