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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-23-2010, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Airbag Service Life

Hi,

there was some discussion about the service life of Mercedes airbags.

Now I found one relevant document,

SI91.60-P-0001B
Service Information on airbag units
Date: Unknown!

Airbags, that were installed in Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles up
to January 1992 have a service life of 15 years. After this service life
has elapsed, the airbags must be replaced at the customer's cost.



http://www.w124performance.com/docs/...rvice_life.pdf

That means: Airbags installed later than January 1992 have definitely no expiration.

My comment on the date: Maybe there is a newer document available. The document says at the bottom: Copyright DaimlerChrysler 19.11.2005. But this date only says, at what date the document was printed out of the WIS, not when the document was generated. So it seems, the document is from 2005 or older. Whether other documents exists which also extend the life of older airbags is not known to me.

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Dirk, the date is shown in that service bulletin!

9.4.02

Judging by the date format at the bottom of the page, DC seem to be using the euro style format meaning the date of the service bulletin is 9th April 2002.
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Does anyone know how much it'd cost to get an airbag before '92 replaced? Say for a W126? My car doesn't have the airbags, but I've been seeing them at the junkyard and seriously doubt that any of them would work anyway.
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>>That means: Airbags installed later than January 1992 have definitely no expiration.

There's a sticker on the car telling you when to replace airbags. The 15-year life still holds.
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>>The 15-year life still holds.
I don't agree.

From the information that we have, (I assume) the photo was taken in 1999 showing the airbags need replacement in 2014 (15 years later). However in 2002, MB release a technical service bulletin stating the following:
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SI91.60-P-0001B Service Information on airbag units 9.4.02

MODELS 107, 123, 124, 126, 129, 140, 163, 168, 170, 201, 202, 203, 208, 210, 211, 215, 220, 230, 461, 463
with airbag

Replacing airbags at end of service life or expiry date:
Airbags, that were installed in Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles up
to January 1992 have a service life of 15 years. After this service life
has elapsed, the airbags must be replaced at the customer's cost. The
service life is evident from a sticker that is either on the
B pillar (driver's side) or on the inside of the vehicle's glove
compartment lid.

New airbag technology has made lifelong functional
reliability possible, which means that the airbag service life restriction
no longer applies.

END QUOTE

This means that:
airbags installed in vehicles up to 1992 have a service life of 15 years and
airbags installed in vehicles after January 1992 have no service life restriction and do not have to be replaced after 15 years.

So the owner can ignore the sticker shown in the photo.

I understand this came about due to tests on old airbags carried out by MB which showed no failures.
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Cars don't last forever.
If there's a crash involving a 1995 MB and the airbags didn't work, the lawyers on both sides would have to argue what "lifelong" really means.
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NICE!!

My airbags were first fitted in late 92, early 1993.. Lucky for me the previous owner replaced them in 2008 So no worries of my airbags expiring!

Thank god, one less repair / cost..
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Sticker on my 2000 W202 says to replace airbags at 10 year intervals. This will give Benz lawyers plenty of ammo in any litigation.
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>>That means: Airbags installed later than January 1992 have definitely no expiration.

There's a sticker on the car telling you when to replace airbags. The 15-year life still holds.
good share..
thank you
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Good think I don't care about airbags. Mine expire either this year or next on my S74... do I give a flying finger? Nope!!
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