For airbag service, repair & diagnostics call Millstream Motor Co on 01425 477822 or 01202 290990 or book your car in to the garage online now.

An airbag, also known as an Air Cushion Restraint System (ACRS), or the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) (reflecting the airbag system’s intended role as a supplement to conventional restraints such as seat belts), is a flexible envelope commonly used for cushioning driver or passenger against hard interior objects (such as steering wheels), in particular for rapid inflation in the case of an car crash or collision. It is a “passive” safety component, rather than an “active” component (that is: it reacts after an accident has happened, rather than helping to avoid an accident in the first instance, like ABS or ESP).

During a severe frontal impact, the vehicle stops suddenly. At only 30mph the vehicle is covering 44 feetper second, and any body which has mass has inertia. When the vehicle stops, the passengers’ inertia drives them forward until they collide with something. Without airbags, the drivers upper body crashes into the steering wheel and the fascia (Americans call this the crashpad). Almost everyone by now must have seen the crash-test dummies on high-speed film flying forwards in slow motion, jerking about as different parts of their bodies impact with the interior crushing in towards them. It is uncomfortable viewing, but necessary so that one can appreciate the forces involved.

That’s why it is vital these systems undergo regular servicing by professionals like us who have the up-to-date knowledge and technical equipment to service and repair them.

If the airbag light has appeared on your vehicle dashboard, call Millstream Motor Co on 01425 477822 or 01202 290990 for airbags service, repair & diagnostics. If you live with a 7 mile radius we can pick your vehicle up for free and provide you with a courtesy car whilst we repair your airbag system and get you safely back on the road