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when side air bags deploy...does the vehicle shut off???

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when side air bags deploy...does the vehicle shut off???
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Elated Technician replied 8 years ago.



Depending on the make, model and year of the car, the airbag module may shut off the fuel pump or disconnect a portion of the electrical system. Generally later model higher end cars will have this option and trigger it depending on the severity of the accident.


Unfortunately there is no real yes/no answer to the question since there is such a variety of cars and different passive safety strategies.


Feel free to contact me if you need further information.






Customer: replied 8 years ago.
its a 2008 nissan frontier with 22000 miles on .........i was driving the car at 50 mph when out of no where the side airbags on both side deployed for no reason and the vehicle never shut off.... vehicle did not strike anything or was not in a MVA.........
Expert:  Elated Technician replied 8 years ago.



This sounds like something you should report to NHTSA as a vehicle defect and then take it to the dealer for a field engineer to check the car over for the failure.


The link to NHTSA defects reporting is:


The link is self explanatory and can force a recall on the manufacturer if there are enough complaints.


The fact the side airbags deployed and the car did not shut down is probably a mix of faulty airbag module information and normal operation.