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Airbags Didn't Deploy Since Driver Didn't Collide Properly, Says Toyota India Dealer
Among all the car buyers in India, few go for a car with airbags as an option because of the high-cost associated with it. However, what if you did buy a car with airbags which didn't work during a collision? Mr. Anil Nair found out recently when he met with an accident at the Ernakulam-Alleppey highway in Kerala. His Toyota Etios was involved in frontal collision on the highway, and yet the airbags failed to deploy. While he faced some serious injuries, the co-passenger was hospitalised for 2 weeks.
When Mr. Nair contacted his Toyota dealer and informed them about the case, the dealer replied "It's because you did not collide properly." Out of frustration Mr. Nair then asked, "Then how must I collide for the airbags to function properly? How can I trust this vehicle again? I hope they will train people to bang their cars right in order to ensure that the airbags are deployed."
The Toyota dealer continues to defend his statement by saying that the sensors didn't work because the collision wasn't direct or 'proper'. One must know that an airbag deploys automatically in case of a head-on collision above a certain speed, no matter if the brakes are applied or not. The probable reason why the airbags did not deploy could be because the driver and co-passenger were not wearing seat belts, but both the victims claim that they were indeed wearing seat belts since they were driving on a highway. Also, Kochi Police is considered to be very strict about traffic laws.
The incident has also caused quite a furor across social media platforms and different websites. We also believe that Toyota India not only needs to apologise for such irresponsible behaviour by its dealer, but also inspect the reason behind the failure. And if there is a serious manufacturing defect with a batch of vehicles, it should be rectified at the earliest.
This is not the first case of Airbag Failure in Toyota
There cannot be more pathetic explanation by the dealer. How irresponsible. Do they call this customer service or are they agents of Yama?
This raises the concern on the car's safety standards and the manufacturer must answer here and not the dealer. I feel this news is being sensationalized by the media (given the reputation of NDTV ). From the title itself, they are trying to blame the dealer and not the manufacturer.
This is a clear case of miscommunication from the dealer. They should have meant, the impact was not that high for the sensors to detect and activate the airbags.
If the impact was not that high according to them, why is the car's front damaged to that extent. Wondering what will the manufacturer or the dealer will come up with as an answer.
That's what I also meant. Manufacturer needs to answer if this impact is not enough for the airbags to deploy. My point is that the news content has comfortably spared from blaming the manufacturer directly and instead giving more weightage to the dealer's loose statement.
There was a clarification in another forum on this accident. Apparently the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt. Secondly, there is also the aspect of rate of deceleration. If the rate of deceleration is below an optimum, the airbag may not deploy. The structural damage is because of the light nature of the Etios (I'd say) . But the windshield was shattered by the passenger hitting it.
These are words from the concerned Toyota A.S.S.
Unfortunately, events like these will bolster the argument in the minds of the customers that airbags are not very useful.
Saw a totaled Punto Petrol at Torrid Fiat, Mumbai, looked like an impact, someone said something fell on car engine bay, but it looked more like it rammed into something. Anyways the Airbag/s weren't deployed. Asked the SA, he said it was emotion variant. Faulty sensors or right conditions not triggering the airbag is a possibility for sure in certain cases, raises a whole lot of different questions then?
Spot this 90HP punto in Doon Fiat. As per workshop staff, this happened in Nov month and Punto driver was in influence of alchohol and met head on with truck on a hilly curve. It seems car driver was escaped with minor head injuries but Punto is declared total loss.
One can spot a big fiat sticker on car bonet.
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