See what happens when your airbag deploys only seven-hundredths of a second too late:
Is Your Car Safe After An Accident?
If you took your car to an insurance company "Preferred" shop, it may be unsafe to drive and you may need to get it inspected by a professional. There is a good chance counterfeit parts were installed that could affect the timing and response of an air bag deployment.
A Quote From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:
"There's a lot of engineering that goes into making a crash-protection system," says David Zuby, chief research officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "You can't willy-nilly change those parts because the system may not work the way it was designed."
Today's vehicles are engineered to respond, in an accident, in a very specific way. The frame is designed to crumple around the occupants of the vehicle, reacting in coordination with the airbag system, with split-second timing. If substandard parts are used in a repair, this “crash management system” can be disrupted. When you consider the fact that an airbag has to respond and deploy in milliseconds to prevent a passenger from hitting the steering wheel of their vehicle, even the slightest disruption in a vehicle’s crash management system can result in serious injury.
Direct repair shops receive a steady stream of insurance company referral work and, in exchange, they’re expected to perform repairs within that insurance company’s guidelines. Insurers rarely agree to the repairs quoted in the initial estimate, often insisting on less expensive methods or parts that were not made by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). No shop wants to work with counterfeit parts, because it’s easier to repair a car with products that were made by the original manufacturer. However, if they have a DRP relationship with an insurance company, they may be forced to use cheap parts and shortcut methods to keep that stream of referrals coming in. If you’ve taken your vehicle to an insurance company’s “preferred” DRP shop, you’ll probably want to have a professional take a closer look. The paint may look shiny and new, but beneath the surface might be remaining damage or improper repairs.