What is the cost of an airbag replacement?


Nobody wants to be involved in an accident but, Unfortunately, we have no control over this. Luckily, all cars today come equipped with Supplemental Restraint System known as airbags. Read more to learn how deployed airbags can affect your vehicle.

Airbag Replacement Cost

Airbags ReplacementAccording to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), airbags are proven to save lives. When you combine the use of a seatbelt, an airbag can reduce driver fatalities by 52 percent in a front collision. Statistics are similar for passengers as well as side impact collisions.

Without a doubt, airbags are a critical safety component in your vehicle. In an accident where airbags have deployed, the scene usually looks like carnage. There will be pieces of car everywhere, white dust all over the interior, and billowing material draped from the places the airbags deployed.

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Depending on the scenario, you could be inclined to avoid an insurance claim, or your accident may not be covered under your policy. You may ask yourself: "Is my car totaled if airbags deploy"? And as bad as the damage seems, your vehicle’s body damage can be fixed. It can cost you a fistful of money, but repairing your car is possible. It’s when you start talking about airbag replacement that the bills start to climb much higher.

Is it Safe to Drive Without Airbags?

You might be inclined just to get your car driving again and never replace your deployed airbags. And while that’s an avenue you can pursue, you should be aware of a few things:

  • Your airbag light will always stay on. Until the airbag system is repaired fully, your instrument cluster will have that little airbag light illuminated.

  • Your vehicle may not pass its safety inspection. In some states like Virginia, your vehicle’s airbag light can’t be illuminated, or it will not pass its state inspection. That means you won’t be able to register your car for use on the road. If you decide to sell your car, the buyer won’t be able to register the car until the airbag system is repaired.

  • You’re putting yourself and your passengers in unnecessary danger. In the event of a collision when the airbag system isn’t working, the instances of injury or death skyrocket by 30 percent. And if you don’t wear a seatbelt, the fatality rate is 52 percent higher.

You don’t have any guarantees that you won’t get into an accident, so why would you take your chances in a vehicle that doesn’t have airbags? 

What Are Your Airbags Replacement Costs?

Airbags RepairIn airbags repair procedures, there’s a surprising amount of work:

  • In many cases, the airbag control module must be replaced. It contains an impact sensor that can’t be reused. If the airbag control module isn’t changed, the entire airbag system won’t work.

  • Seatbelt buckles and retractors are commonly replaced. Some vehicles are equipped with pre-tensioners in the seatbelt buckle or retractor that tightens before the airbags deploy. They’re one-time-use components.

  • Airbags need to replaced. Any airbags that have deployed must be replaced with new ones.

  • Wiring and connectors must be inspected to make sure they aren’t damaged.

Replacing the driver’s steering wheel a deployed airbag is fairly simple, but most of the others are labor and parts-intensive. On the passenger side, an airbag rips through the dashboard when it deploys. On a side impact, an airbag may tear through the seat cover on its way out. And side curtain airbags destroy the headliner.

Airbags replacement can cost much more than just the airbag itself. They’re incredibly time-consuming to change out and the related components that need to be changed tally up quickly.

On average, expect around $1,000 to $1,500 per airbag that needs to be replaced. That doesn’t take into consideration other parts that need to be changed; just the airbags themselves. Airbag module replacement will run another $600 and up.
So, if you’ve been in a front collision and your driver’s and passenger’s front airbags have deployed, you can expect your airbag system alone to cost around $3,000 to repair. That’s above and beyond the bodywork to get your car roadworthy!

Is There Another Way?

When it comes to airbags, replacement is quite cost-prohibitive. Most people don’t have that chunk of change hanging around for car repairs of any kind. If your car has had its airbags deploy, it may not be the type of project you want to tackle.

Instead, you could sell us your car. At CarBrain, we offer you a way out. Whether your vehicle is still bashed up from an accident, your dash is still torn, or your airbags are draped across your interior, we can take it off your hands. It’s easy to do: just request a guaranteed offer from us online. We’ll make you an offer on your damaged car, just as it is. Once you accept our offer, we’ll pick it up from you free of charge and put money in your hands.

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