Start-up founder and MG Hector mid-size SUV owner complains about airbags not opening after massive crash

By admin Dec1,2023

Explaining a harrowing accident, a start-up’s founder complained about how his MG Hector’s airbags did not open. The crash happened between the Hector and an electric pole, which caused the entire front end to collapse.

The MG Hector hit the electric pole at a high speed causing the SUV to roll over to its side. The accident also damaged the sunroof, roof and the vehicle’s window frame. The occupants, however, came out safely of the vehicle without any injuries.

Start-up founder and MG Hector owner complains about airbags not opening after massive crash

The owner of the MG Hector shared on LinkedIn how the accident happened. He shared in a post with pictures saying, “I am reaching out to you with a major security concern I discovered while experiencing near to death accident. The vehicle hit a cemented electric pole and was damaged. Frontal head-on collision. My entire bonnet was destroyed in the accident. Vehicle turned on one side. Damaged sunroof, damaged head roof Damaged window frame We safe because of Gods grace & safety belts fastened.”

Start-up founder and MG Hector owner complains about airbags not opening after massive crash

When the car was taken to the service centre, the authorities told the owner that the airbags did not open because the electric pole did not hit the trigger point of the vehicle.

Start-up founder and MG Hector owner complains about airbags not opening after massive crash

This was the top-end MG Hector that comes with six airbags and none of them were deployed. The owner also claimed that the airbags had a glitch and that is why they did not open. The car is the top-end MG Hector Plus petrol variant.

Start-up founder and MG Hector owner complains about airbags not opening after massive crash

Airbags might not open

Start-up founder and MG Hector owner complains about airbags not opening after massive crash

Airbags are not the first line of defence when a car crashes. The airbags provide additional or supplemental protection to the passengers, which is why they are called SRS Airbags. The first line of defence is the structure of the vehicle and the seatbelts, which will keep the occupants secure in such major accidents. The airbags further help to soften the impact.

There are numerous times when the airbags might not work. There are many reasons for them to not work in an accident. One of them is the crash not being able to trigger the airbags. Since airbags work on triggers positioned all around the vehicles, the narrow electric pole might has missed hitting the trigger point completely, which is why the airbags did not open.

Airbag deployment relies on a complex system that uses various sensors to trigger deployment. This is important because the small amount of explosives utilized must deploy at the right moment to ensure passenger safety.

Here are a few reasons why airbags may not inflate after an accident, even if seatbelts are in use:

Malfunctioning accelerometer

Airbags depend on the accelerometer to provide information about vehicle acceleration. The information is sent to the Electronic Control Unit (ECU), which then sends a signal to activate the airbag when a significant change in acceleration is detected. If the change is not significant enough, the airbag may not deploy. This is common in low-speed accidents, where the acceleration change is not substantial enough.

Secondary impact

The airbag may not deploy if there are secondary impacts after an initial crash.

Unnecessary airbag deployment

Sometimes, the impact of a collision may be minor, and the seatbelts alone offer sufficient passenger protection. In such situations, the airbags remain inactive, and they do not deploy. However, it does not seem that this accident was a low-impact collision.

Non-use of seatbelts

If seatbelts are not used, the airbag may not deploy, as it could be dangerous for the passengers. For instance, the Mahindra XUV700 has curtain airbags that may not inflate if the seatbelts are not fastened since it prevents proper deployment angles for the airbags. In fact, airbag deployment without seatbelts can cause harm to passengers due to their proximity to the airbags.

Aftermarket accessories

The use of aftermarket accessories such as bull bars is now illegal in India. These accessories might interfere with the airbag sensors, preventing them from sensing a collision. Similarly, seat covers on vehicles that come with side airbags can also interfere

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