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11-17-2012 07:25 PM
slow3v
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Originally Posted by dstiefel View Post
'12 ti hatch. Mife wife hit a deer on the high way. The body shop will have the car done 2maro. Its been thr a few weeks. They called and said they are taken the car to the dealer tomarow cuz the airbag sencers went off and the replaced them. The system just needs flashed? They said there was some fault in deployment. They did replace airbag(s). What would have happened if this was a head on with another vehicle. Do i have an argument with ford ? Or is it a waste?
No they shouldn't have. Just because the front end gets smashed up, doesn't mean they should go off. Cars have g-force sensors now. Hitting a deer does not cause the car to significantly slow.
11-17-2012 07:20 PM
hotleadsingerguy
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I am just saying thats what the body shop said. The sub fram was pushd back enough to bend the a pillars. <<<<--- just saing decent hit. Other than there opinions i have no credible knowledge on the topic. Hence me posting here. i
Wait...she hit the deer hard enough to do damage to the subframe and the A-pillar, but they didn't total out the car? Are you joking? lol what kind of insurance company do you have?

If I were in your position, I'd demand it be totaled out...because that car will *NEVER* drive like it did before.
11-17-2012 05:44 PM
Pendarus
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Originally Posted by jdetzel View Post
You can repair almost anything if you spend enough money on it.

The "A" pillar which is actually the hinge pillar or windshield pillar, in the case of our cars it is referred to as the door opening frame are repaired or replaced all the time. The sub frame or crossmember assembly is a bolt in part that supports the transaxle and serves as a mounting point for the front suspension and steering. Agreed, what the body shop told the owner does not make sense.

In most cases an insurance company will total a car because the dollar amount to repair the damage exceeds a percentage (usually 70-80%) of the replacement cost of the vehicle. Insurance companies, as much as they may try, do not determine how a vehicle is repaired. Only how much money they will spend repairing it.
Good info! Thanks!
11-16-2012 06:21 PM
jdetzel
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Originally Posted by Pendarus View Post
My understanding is the A Pillars in modern cars are a major part of the safety cage. If they are damaged it compromises the structure of the uni-body. At that point most insurance companies will total the car, because that kind of damage is not repairable.

I of course could be wrong. But that is my understanding.
You can repair almost anything if you spend enough money on it.

The "A" pillar which is actually the hinge pillar or windshield pillar, in the case of our cars it is referred to as the door opening frame are repaired or replaced all the time. The sub frame or crossmember assembly is a bolt in part that supports the transaxle and serves as a mounting point for the front suspension and steering. Agreed, what the body shop told the owner does not make sense.

In most cases an insurance company will total a car because the dollar amount to repair the damage exceeds a percentage (usually 70-80%) of the replacement cost of the vehicle. Insurance companies, as much as they may try, do not determine how a vehicle is repaired. Only how much money they will spend repairing it.
11-16-2012 05:59 PM
BLRich1
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Originally Posted by mikebontoft View Post
well guys its either that or something similar to the fiestas recall... though I believe those didn't deploy the side airbags if there was no one in the passenger seat.
with the fiesta it was the rear curtain bag would not deploy unless there was some one in the front passenger seat.
11-16-2012 05:46 PM
Pendarus
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Originally Posted by Superlifted06FX4 View Post
This. It doesn't make sense.
My understanding is the A Pillars in modern cars are a major part of the safety cage. If they are damaged it compromises the structure of the uni-body. At that point most insurance companies will total the car, because that kind of damage is not repairable.

I of course could be wrong. But that is my understanding.
11-16-2012 09:46 AM
jdetzel Front airbags are designed to deploy if a frontal crash impact is so severe that the seat belt will not prevent chest and face injuries from contact with the steering wheel and the windshield.
11-16-2012 09:43 AM
Superlifted06FX4
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Originally Posted by Pendarus View Post
If the sub frame and the A pillars are bent, the car is a total. I don't think your insurance would authorize a repair on a structurally compromised car.

Of course the body should could be exaggerating a bit.
This. It doesn't make sense.
11-16-2012 08:04 AM
JonathanGennick
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Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
If the deceleration was not severe enough to trigger the air bag deployment they generally don't go off just for the hell of it.
Probably this ^.

The airbag itself presents a risk of injury. You don't want it blasting off in your face unless there's a real need.
11-16-2012 12:57 AM
Pendarus If the sub frame and the A pillars are bent, the car is a total. I don't think your insurance would authorize a repair on a structurally compromised car.

Of course the body should could be exaggerating a bit.
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