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Old 07-04-2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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Side Airbag deployment with No accident

My side curtain airbags deployed although none of my tires left the ground. I never hit anything, and there's no damage to the car other than the wrinkled headliner from the side air bags. I think when I turned left than right quickly, the sensors in the car were too sensitive and thought I was going to rollover.

I took it to the dealer, and they said it's not covered under warranty since the sensors functioned as they were supposed to, in GM's eyes. They said it was about 1,7K for parts, and 3K total. Then they told me it was 3.3K total, so I suspect if I really get them to fix it, it will be around 4K total.

The worst part is not the money, it's that the car is designed to be unsafe since GM was overzealous with designing the car airbag sensors' sensitivity. For example, I was driving down I-95 and saw a car in front of me swerve hard to avoid some debris in the road (looked like a metal roof rack). Their tires were smoking, and they crossed multiple lanes. But the driver managed to avoid an accident, and pulled over in the shoulder.

What would happen to a Camaro driver in that situation? The car would swerve and then the airbags deploy, and the engine cuts off. Then the car gets smashed by a truck going 70 mph.

This seems like a legitimate safety issue and good reason for recall instead of that key fob recall.

Given that I don't want to spend 3K-4K to fix this and risk those airbags going off again, is there a way to just replace seatbelts even though they work together with airbags?

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Old 07-04-2014, 05:18 PM   #2
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seems weird . I've been on 2 wheels and the airbags never came out ?! i would press the issue with gm if you didn't hit anything
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:24 PM   #3
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Were you at the track?
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:29 PM   #4
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I searched other threads, and it has happened to other camaros on this forum. Although I haven't seen any other v6 camaros do this.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:31 PM   #5
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Were you at the track?
yeah. Autocross. It happened on the third lap of my first run. But I kept going and came in .06 seconds behind an SS.
It was my first autocross, but I don't feel like doing it again after this, at least not with my car.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:41 PM   #6
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Its common if the yaw/pitch sensor sees a certain amount of lean. It usually only happens when people are doing figure 8s, not at the track.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:41 PM   #7
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As to your question about disabling the side airbag, no reputable mechanic would do it nor should it be done. They are there for a reason.

And since you were able to finish, in your hypothetical highway situation the car's engine would not cut out.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:43 PM   #8
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Make gm pay for it . Should not go off unless in a rollover or accident
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:44 PM   #9
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Why should GM pay for the deployment during an autocross? His insurance won't cover damage due to racing either.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:54 PM   #10
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As to your question about disabling the side airbag, no reputable mechanic would do it nor should it be done. They are there for a reason.

And since you were able to finish, in your hypothetical highway situation the car's engine would not cut out.

I kept going that day, not during that specific lap. When the airbags deployed, the engine cut off, emergency lights came on, and the car called Onstar.

Even if we say the engine doesn't cut off, air bags can still startle you and they block your side view.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:57 PM   #11
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Why should GM pay for the deployment during an autocross? His insurance won't cover damage due to racing either.

Why are the air bags deploying because hes making shape turns ? Because the rear end sliding out ? The air bags should not deploy unless he hit something or was in a roll over . End of story thats just bad engineering . Make them pay for it . Get a lawyer it will probley be cheaper than the air bags
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:59 PM   #12
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This happened to me too.. I have a video
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:01 PM   #13
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That sucks OP. The accelerometers work by detecting dynamic movement. Even if you do not crash, they can still deploy (curtain). In the end, the repair cost is your responsibility.
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:03 PM   #14
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Get a lawyer it will probley be cheaper than the air bags
Lawyers fees for suing GM are less than $4K?

This is not a case of bad engineering. Funny how you want him to lawyer up, when that is the root of most of our over protective laws and restrictions.
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:05 PM   #15
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Lawyers fees for suing GM are less than $4K?

This is not a case of bad engineering. Unintended circumstances from using the car in a manner it was not intended. At least officially intended.

Yes lawyer fee will be less than 4k . The minute the lawyer calls gm , theyll fix it free of charge
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:09 PM   #16
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This happened to me too.. I have a video
Have you tried contacting GM to fix it? Others on this forum have, but with no luck. One guy on camaro5 got it fixed under warranty but he was close with the dealership owner.
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:14 PM   #17
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:16 PM   #18
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Holy shi*. I always drift my ss. Seeing this makes me think twice. I nearly roasted my tires doing figure 8's and doughnuts at an abandoned kmart couple of weeks ago. Thats done with for now.
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:25 PM   #19
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Just curious What year is a car ?
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:28 PM   #20
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Just curious What year is a car ?
It's 2011. I heard something about 2012 camaro airbag sensors being redesigned so this wouldn't happen. But I'm not sure if it's true.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:19 PM   #21
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Yes lawyer fee will be less than 4k . The minute the lawyer calls gm , theyll fix it free of charge
Hahahaha......now THAT'S funny!

I am sure GM's mega lawyers will say "fix it" after some small town lawyer threatens them with a small lawsuit over side airbags.

Nothing will come of that and it will be a waste of time. Unfortunately for the OP he was tracking the car and the sensor set off the airbags. It sucks, but the best and easiest way for the OP is to get it fixed and move on.
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Side Airbag deployment with No accident

Well since many others have had the same experience, maybe Jobrien should head up a group to hire a lawyer and file a class action conference call.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:25 PM   #23
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Hahahaha......now THAT'S funny!

I am sure GM's mega lawyers will say "fix it" after some small town lawyer threatens them with a small lawsuit over side airbags.

Nothing will come of that and it will be a waste of time. Unfortunately for the OP he was tracking the car and the sensor set off the airbags. It sucks, but the best and easiest way for the OP is to get it fixed and move on.

Funny what a "small" town lawyer can do with the media . Not sure if gm can take much more . If it were me i would hire lawyers and put it in the media that camaros air bags are deploying with out hitting anything . See how that goes with gm . Now thats funny .
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:13 PM   #24
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Funny what a "small" town lawyer can do with the media . Not sure if gm can take much more . If it were me i would hire lawyers and put it in the media that camaros air bags are deploying with out hitting anything . See how that goes with gm . Now thats funny .
If it goes anything like the key recall they'll just pop it leave it there and give you some hideous 1940s airbag out of storage and double sided stuck tape it on there lol.
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:41 PM   #25
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The air bags are designed to deploy in the event of a crash. If the vehicle wasn't involved in a crash, they did not function as designed. I don't see the confusion here...GM just doesn't want to admit there is a problem...
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