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Airbag Deployment

Discussion in 'Roadster: Technical' started by DrTaras, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. DrTaras

    DrTaras R254->R725->S1364-->X769

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    #1 DrTaras, Feb 3, 2010
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    With so much carbon fiber on the dash, I think they should have continued the theme on the airbag door in front of the passenger as well.
     
  2. TEG

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    Except it explodes off the dashboard when the airbag deploys, and your passenger would probably rather that be a softer material than carbon fiber if that happens. There are probably specific regulations stating what material can be used on airbag covers. (Maybe a faux carbon fiber decal would work?)
     
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    Uh oh.
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    True, but isn't the cover on a hinge so that it pivots out of the way of the emerging airbag ... as opposed to flying freely into the passenger's face/chest ?
     
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    I don't know all the details, but there are certainly opinions out there:
    Airbag Question - MP3Car.com
    EUROPA - Consumer Affairs - Unsafe products


    I think the cover of the airbag is supposed to be very thin and in some cases just tears away as the airbag expands.
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    I wouldn't want a hard/solid cover over my airbags(s).
     
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    But wait!, there's more:
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    (Half expecting to get the "Debbie Downer" branding again...)
     
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    I installed an airbag kill switch a few months ago, and in the process removed the cover. On most cars, the airbag explodes through the cover, but on the roadster it is a hard metal plate. The plate is attached to the bottom of the dash by two thick straps -- when the airbag deploys, it breaks 4 tiny plastic screws holding the cover in place, and the cover flips down below the airbag. See the thread on airbag kill switches for pix of the cover & guts of the dash.
    //dan.
     
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    I was told from tesla at the purchasing process, that the area for the passenger airbag always remains uncovered, also at the executive leather option. Which looks wired, when you (would) order beige interior, and the large area of the passenger airbag remains black.
    But thats how it is. (another reason that I went for full black interior).
    They told me that BRABUS does cover the airbag area, they can do it on their customised roadsters, but the do precut the leather, a lot of tiny lines in the back, 3/4th of the strenght of the material, and they use special one for this. But tesla as a manufacturer wont doe that.
     

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