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Old 12-20-2009, 04:31 PM
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3rd Deer strike but no air bag deployment (picture)

Yesterday I hit two deer with the Buick. The first was in the morning - little damage on the bumper, just a couple scratches. The second was last night - lots of damage to the front end: head light, bumper, grill, hood and lots of brackets need replaced. Funny thing is I just hit another deer about a month ago. All 3 were on the same road in about the same place.

How hard do you have to hit something for the airbags to deploy?
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:45 PM
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I've been in three accidents where all vehicles involved were a total loss (was only driving once). I have never seen an airbag work. My guess is that they may or may not work for the first year, but after that there is little or no chance of deployment.

All I have to go by is real world experience. These accidents absolutely would have deployed airbags if they were functional.

Granted, your damage does not look like a collision where they should have been deployed... I would be thankful that they didn't if I were you. Sorry that happened... Deer are way overpopulated here too.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:16 PM
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Wow, that's crazy to have them so close together. How fast were you going when you hit them?
#1 about 50mph - caused $1,600 worth of damage - new bumper cover, new fog light and some brackets
#2 and #3 about 35 due to snow/ice conditions - unknown dollar amount. I'll find out in a couple of days.

I haven't been able to find them afterwards either. I like deer sausage.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:56 PM
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Yesterday I hit two deer with the Buick. The first was in the morning - little damage on the bumper, just a couple scratches. The second was last night - lots of damage to the front end: head light, bumper, grill, hood and lots of brackets need replaced. Funny thing is I just hit another deer about a month ago. All 3 were on the same road in about the same place.

How hard do you have to hit something for the airbags to deploy?
Is your name Tiger? Now you tried to kill some of your deers with your buick?Now buick going to drop you too!
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:04 PM
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Maybe you should get a brush guard. Then you can go out hunting on that road, catch a deer, save your front end, and have some good sausage to take back home?
they usly cause more damage then there worth... the get pushed up into your radiator and just bend the frame cause a total...


i have mainly seen them go off if u hit somethign and the car stops at the impact instantly... like hitting a wall or a vehicle twice the size of you... but hitting an animal.. ur hitting them and still going so the forces in effect are usly not enough to trip the bags... it doesnt matter how fast ur going... only if the sensors go over a certain force will they deploy... such as hitting a on coming car or wall as such... and if the air bags go out... ur looking at even bigger money to repair those... they are very expensive... i normaly see ones with air bags gone off they will label as a total.. not always but that is common..
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:57 PM
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Yesterday I hit two deer with the Buick. The first was in the morning - little damage on the bumper, just a couple scratches. The second was last night - lots of damage to the front end: head light, bumper, grill, hood and lots of brackets need replaced. Funny thing is I just hit another deer about a month ago. All 3 were on the same road in about the same place.

How hard do you have to hit something for the airbags to deploy?
Glad you weren't hurt. If it was me, I'd find a new way home.
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Looks like most of the impact was to your grille and hood. (typical for deer damage) You're lucky the the airbags didn't deploy as they cause much interior damage and are expensive to replace.
My wife has hit two deer with her Subaru Forester and no airbags. Still, about $10K damage total for both.
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I hit one deer and it looked as if I had hit three. Took out my right headlight, fender, and both right doors. A total of $4300 in damage.
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From what I know about airbags is, airbag sensors measure deceleration of the vehicle, therefore vehicle speed and damage are not good indicators of whether an airbag should have deployed. Airbags can deploy due to the vehicle's undercarriage striking a low object protruding above the roadway due to the resulting deceleration.

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a 250lb deer isn't going to decelerate a 4800lb vehicle very much. And consider that the grill and hood are relatively weak structures that would absorb much of the impact force by deforming.

Also agree with WOOLUF1952, defintely time to find a new route.
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