I own a 07 c230 and i was recently in a car accident. I hit another car head on on the shoulder on the highway. I was almost at a complete stop when he hit me ( i estimate he was going under 30mph) and my hood and bumper got destroyed. The problem is that my airbags did not deploy while the other guys did deploy even though it was a head on and the force of the crash separated our cars by over 100 feet. I was not seriously hurt but I am wondering why the airbags didnt deploy and if i can pursue legal action against Mercedes for this (like maybe replace my car)? I already talked to my dealership without them seeing the car and they told me that there wasnt enough force for the airbags to deploy. Does anybody have any advice or tips on what i should do? Thanks
Do I understand you correctly?
You did hit another car.
Your Mercedes did prevent you from being seriously hurt.
And now you want sue Mercedes-Benz in order to get a new car to replace the car you destroyed on your own?
I cannot understand your arguments?????
Further-on, the airbags only deploy to prevent serious hurt or death. They do not deploy if the angle of attack is in away the airbags would not help or to prevent minor hurt. The reason:
First, their is also a risk of being hurt by the airbags, and if the risk of hurt due to the impact for the passenger is only minor, it makes no sense to deploy the airbags.
Second, consider in an accident a set of impacts. You bump quite lightly into a car and then your car turns around and bumbs again a tree. When do you want the airbags deployed? So also for this reason the airbags do only deploy at a VERY heavy impact in order that in case of several impacts your car has they save your life at the time it is needed.
Do not sue Mercedes but write them a letter and thank them that you are not hurt and second that you do not have to pay the cost to replace deployed airbags.