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Old 03-23-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
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can a airbag module be used again after deployment?

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Old 03-23-2010, 11:47 AM   #2
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I highly doubt it. My dad is an airbag engineer and just replaced both of them in my aunt's Malibu after an accident. He can take an airbag in and out in seconds and if anyone would know how to "reset" it, it would be him.

I would check Cleveland Pick A Part, I'm sure they have some from totaled cars that haven't been deployed.
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No they can't be reset or reused. Once an airbag module has recorded a deployment event it must be replaced.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:56 PM   #4
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Not only mechanically/electrically issues, but I'm pretty sure it's a federal law that you cannot reuse airbags.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:13 PM   #5
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Fox is correct. The brain box for the Airbag/SRS system is a one shot deal. If it sees a collision, its done. Other parts of the system that didnt deploy may be reuseable, but the master CU is done.
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:37 AM   #7
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Even seat belt pretenioners are not to be resued in a vehicle with airbag deployment.
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Agree. Air bag sensor modules do not get reused. They have a device inside to measure deceleration force and that might not work again if it has been in a serious wreck. Same goes for buy a used air bag. Not suggested, unless it comes out of a car with very little damage, like say a mild rear end wreck or side impact. The air bag usually only goes off on a frontal impact.
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It's not just the sensors, the control module will store a permanent code from a deployment that cannot be cleared, so if you try to re-use it the airbag light will be on permanently.
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How about the bag itself? Can't you just stuff it back in there and add a little more gunpowder?
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That may be correct about the module storing codes, in which case buy a used air bag control module would not work. Same for reusing sensors. Depends on how the car was hit if a sensor can be used again. Most times, better off with a new one. As to the post just above, air bags are a 1 time use only.
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This article refutes these claims however not with all manufactures.

http://www.aa1car.com/library/airbag01.htm

FWIW I am no expert on collision repair. I did install an airbag in a Plymouth acclaim and cleared the body control module of its codes once. The customer provided the parts.
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This article refutes these claims however not with all manufactures.

http://www.aa1car.com/library/airbag01.htm

FWIW I am no expert on collision repair. I did install an airbag in a Plymouth acclaim and cleared the body control module of its codes once. The customer provided the parts.

SRS has come a long way, and gotten way more complex. I can see an Acclaim repair going as you say, thats an old ass car.

Now a days, the SRS CU is called many things, sometimes in different manuals. (The parts catalog almost always lists it different than the service manual it seems). Restraint Control Module (RCM) and Diagnostic Sensor Module are the 2 most common ones. These are the most complex modules in the car. They use gold plated connections, and monitor the connected circuits for resistance faults, as well as the normal open/short faults. They have multiple accelerometers, and battery back ups to run the system, should the battery fail in the mircoseconds between collision and deployment. They are fragile as shit. About 5% of modules i get from Ford and nissan are DOA due to rough shipping.
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How about the bag itself? Can't you just stuff it back in there and add a little more gunpowder?

Close, just pack it like a parachute and stuff it with C4
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That's good to know. Hell, you wouldn't even need the damn control module with that setup. Since C4 is impact sensitive, your head hitting the dash would detonate the C4, and the airbag would gently push you back into the seat, where you're nice and safe.
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BWAHAHAHAHAHA....ever so gently push you head back into it's natural resting position......in the trunk

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Old 03-29-2010, 05:37 AM   #17
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That's good to know. Hell, you wouldn't even need the damn control module with that setup. Since C4 is impact sensitive, your head hitting the dash would detonate the C4, and the airbag would gently push you back into the seat, where you're nice and safe.

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