Be Careful With The Transit , Any Small Accident And it will destroy itself! - Page 2 - Ford Transit USA Forum
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The first accident one looks like a simple sideswipe? But the dammage is tons more from the ab system destroying everything.... Totally unneeded from the looks of the dammage

Im sure the sliding door was removed by junk yard.

So imagine little side dammage now totaled the vehicle because ab deployment!


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The first accident one looks like a simple sideswipe? But the dammage is tons more from the ab system destroying everything.... Totally unneeded from the looks of the dammage

Im sure the sliding door was removed by junk yard.

So imagine little side dammage now totaled the vehicle because ab deployment!


Sucks.


Im afraid in my build, a tiny accident will destroy oll my buildout!

Worried... But not stoping!
I don't see anything extraordinary in the photos. Obviously the airbags will only work if they deploy from wherever they are installed, which will mean sacrificing some trim. Hard to tell from the photos if the headliner is really damaged badly or just popped loose from the mounting clips.

If I were installing a camper conversion in the back I'd remove the side curtain air bags, or buy a model that doesn't have them.

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There is no way to remove them with factory approval... Ab light on
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What about the seat torn apart from ab?
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What about the seat torn apart from ab?
Ripped open the seam as designed. Where exactly would you expect them to put a side airbag that would not sacrifice some trim piece? I think you are overlooking the objective here.

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Ripped open the seam as designed. Where exactly would you expect them to put a side airbag that would not sacrifice some trim piece? I think you are overlooking the objective here.
It seems to me the objective should be to protect occupants from injury during an accident. In this particular case, the damage to vehicle was so minor that I'm not sure there wasn't more risk of injury due to airbag deployment than the accident itself.

It must be difficult to determine when to deploy and when it's not needed. I do know from personal experience with a family member that airbags can and do cause injury, so while their benefit is undoubtedly positive as a whole, reducing unnecessary deployment should also be an objective.
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It sounds like no one actually knows how this happened...
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This does not look like a sideswipe to me. Judging from the damage to the sliding door threshold it looks like it was T-boned. That damage occurred after the door was smashed into the threshold...very likely a pretty big hit.
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Glad to see that the air bags deployed as intended. Airbags always cause collateral damage but can help to save lives.
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I'm not sure what all the hub bub is about.
What's the bottom line?
The bottom line is that I want my vehicle to keep me and my passengers safe regardless of the results to the interior/exterior's looks AFTER the accident.
A) My insurance can deal with the ugliness of the vehicle.
B) Did all the safety features keep us as safe as possible?!!!
C) Things can be replaced, people cannot
Safety or Beauty of the vehicle???
Seems like a straightforward thought process when engineers are designing the safety features and how they'll fit on the vehicle.
"Hmmm, what will keep the passengers the safest?" or "Hmmm, what will cause the least beautification damage to the vehicle AFTER an accident?"
I'm quite certain the first question is priority.

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