A vehicle’s airbag system is designed to protect passengers in the event of an accident. What many many people don’t know is that airbag deployment differs depending on what kind of vehicle you have, as well as what the nature of the accident is. The vehicle component that is responsible for the critical decisions about when and which airbags are deployed is known as the Airbag Control Module (ACM). The ACM is the computer module that receives motion data from the vehicle’s accelerometers and then deploys the necessary airbags. It is because of the ACM that people may wonder why only some of their vehicle’s airbags deploy in an accident while others do not.
How Does a Vehicle Know When to Deploy the Airbags?
A vehicle’s Airbag Control Module (ACM) communicates with the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) in regard to which airbag should be deployed and when. This is an important safety function because, although airbags are supposed to prevent injury and death, airbags do carry risks of their own when deployed. When an airbag goes off, it is deployed at such an incredible speed that they have been known to cause fractures, bruises, and burns to the passengers. While these are minor compared to the consequences that could result from a serious accident in a vehicle without airbags, it is important to make sure that these injuries don’t occur unless the alternative is far worse. It is the ACM’s job to ensure that the airbags are only deployed if the injuries induced by the collision would be worse than the potential airbag injuries.
The reason why all airbags are not deployed in every accident is because of the ACM. The airbag control module detects the nature of the collision to determine if every airbag needs to be deployed. In other words, if the vehicle is in a collision and only the driver is in the car, it would not be necessary to have the passenger airbag deploy.
The Cost of Replacement Airbags
The average airbag costs about $1,000, which means that it is critical to only deploy an airbag when it is absolutely necessary. If an airbag goes off for a car seat that is not occupied, it will still need to be replaced, since an airbag is only designed to work once. This “false alarm” will result in large and unnecessary expenses. This is why it is crucial that the ACM is smart enough to accurately determine when an airbag must be deployed, as well as the specific airbags that are required to keep every passenger safe.
Can an Airbag Control Module Be Reset?
Since airbag systems are one of the most important safety features in a vehicle, knowing when to have your airbag modules inspected or replaced is crucial. Explore the airbag module reset and seat belt repair services that MyAirbags offers to ensure that your vehicle is as safe as possible.
The Benefits of an ACM Reset
When you purchase a new (ACM), it will need to be reprogrammed to your vehicle. The best part about using MyAirbags is that when you send your original airbag control module for reset in to be reset, it will be good to go without any programming when it returns.
Can Seat Belts Be Repaired?
Seat belts have ignitor sensors inside each seat belt and will lock after an accident . These seat belts will need to be replaced and usually cost around $300-$450 per seat belt. The good news is that MyAirbags can rebuild your seat belts and save you hundreds of dollars. Send your seat belts to MyAirbags and save.
MyAirbags is the best alternative to paying high dealership prices for new parts. We are committed to saving you as much money as possible and keeping you on the road safely. MyAirbags will diagnose and repair your malfunctioning part back to its original OEM condition, 100% guaranteed.