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Old 11-15-2012, 10:36 PM  
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Considering how the car hit a smaller object the car likely did not decelerate as rapidly as the dead deer would. So even though there looked to be a lot of damage to the car the chances of it decelerating rapidly enough to require air bag deployment are not as great as if the car hit another car head on or even in a glancing blow.

I am a mechanical engineer, but I did not work on these air bags so I wouldn't be able to tell you about the specific deployment thresholds.
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