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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy MB airbag deployment

I'm feeling a little distress about my 2006 MB E-350. We were coming home from dinner last week and my passenger side airbags went off while we were driving. Scared the heck out of us. We were traveling on pavement 55-60mph there was a change in road condition(pot hole). There is absolutely no damage to the vehicle including undercarriage. The SOS dialed 911(really nice feature). The dash read "SRS Malfunction-Drive to Workshop" The driver side seatbelts locked up. Mercedes is telling me to report to my insurance company. There was not accident or reason I feel this should of happened. My insurance company is going to send an adjuster out to look but they have never heard of this happening. My vehicle has 41,000 miles on it-Mercedes doesn't want to assume any responsibility. This is my first foreign vehicle-I felt I researched my purchase well and now I feel disappointed. Has this happened to anyone else?
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I'm feeling a little distress about my 2006 MB E-350. We were coming home from dinner last week and my passenger side airbags went off while we were driving. Scared the heck out of us. We were traveling on pavement 55-60mph there was a change in road condition(pot hole). There is absolutely no damage to the vehicle including undercarriage. The SOS dialed 911(really nice feature). The dash read "SRS Malfunction-Drive to Workshop" The driver side seatbelts locked up. Mercedes is telling me to report to my insurance company. There was not accident or reason I feel this should of happened. My insurance company is going to send an adjuster out to look but they have never heard of this happening. My vehicle has 41,000 miles on it-Mercedes doesn't want to assume any responsibility. This is my first foreign vehicle-I felt I researched my purchase well and now I feel disappointed. Has this happened to anyone else?
Locking up of seatbelts are a design feature.
Sounds like a sensor gone haywire.
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Thats what it sounds like to us on this end. I'll report back to let everyone knows how this works out. I'm really hoping Mercedes has my back on this. I feel like my bubble has been burst!
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you have something happen to your airbag sensor..
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Unhappy 2006 E350 AIRBAG FAILURE

I was involved in an accident yesterday in my 2006 E350 and the Airbags failed to deploy!The dash read "SRS Malfunction-Drive to Workshop" for me as well.The SOS did not work,I am very disappointed and concerned.I have been very satisfied with this car and spoke highly of it.Not anymore
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I've heard about airbags deploying when debris is flung up under the car. The controller is on top of the transmission mound under your radio and climate controls. If something hits hard in that area it can trigger the SRS, but not otherwise amount to much of an impact to the vehicle overall. For example, a broken drive shaft flex joint will set off the controller in a heart beat.

Is it possible something was in the pothole and was thrown up under your car?

Was there a passenger in the car? Was he/she wearing the seatbelt? Depending on the degree of impact, the controller will first deploy the seatbelt pretensioners, but only if the seatbelt is on. If the seatbelt is not on then the system will go directly to the airbags when it would otherwise not do so if the seatbelt was on. For more severe impacts, the system will deploy both pretensioner and airbag.



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How does the one check the airbags work properly, is there a way to do it expect doing it the hardest way?
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How does the one check the airbags work properly, is there a way to do it expect doing it the hardest way?
The "check" is that the malfunction light doesn't come on.

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Cool I saw this one time....

It is very rare for air bag to deploy for no reason.

The only time I saw this was in a 2005 S class that had run over lane devider curb(14inches).

However, all air bags deployed. The sensor ( as has been said ) is on the floor and for some reason underbody strikes will set it off. I will have to come down on MB's side on this one. It sounds like you hit a road hazzard that set them off.

In most cases, MB will do the repair for what ever the insurance company decides to pay. This is a costly fix ( several thousand dollars US) that only MB should do as programming is required.
Count yourself lucky that they (MB or insurance) did not decide to total the car.

Also, the MB air bags and belts are deployed only if occupant inury is possible, and only to the level that prevents that injury. Bags and Belts are only the third and fouth level of protection, and will not be used unless required. It aint a ford folks.

I think MB will take care of you on this one this one after you report it.

Do keep us informed, OK?

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Angry Faulty airbag deployment

Just curious, what ever happend to your car? Did mercedes cover it, or your insurance? Last night my sister's 2000 S500 had the same thing happen. She was backing up from the gas station at about 3 mph and the drivers side airbags (front, rear, roof, door) deployed unexpectdely. Mercedes dealer in TX said they need to talk to insurance, insurance says they wont cover it as it was a malfunction. Any input on where to go next would be appreciated.
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