Ok, so you’ve just gone out and spent $35k on a new Camaro SS. You then decide to have a little fun by throwing it around on a drifting course for shits and giggles. However mid-way through your run “WHAMMO” – an airbag prematurely deploys bouncing your head into your passengers… hmm, not good. This is exactly what happened in the following video when the Camaro’s rollover sensor was triggered during a drifting maneuver. Owner Paul Beiswenger of Lopez Tire and A&D Autosport stated that when he contacted GM on the matter that they issued the following response.
From Alan Adler, GM:
It is unusual to have this occur. However, it is possible for a driver to create conditions where the air bag sensors believe a rollover is imminent. This can lead to an unwanted air bag deployment. On rollover side curtain bags, the vehicle’s rollover sensing system is looking for a certain set of factors that “predict” a vehicle is going to roll over. The airbag system cannot wait until it is too late to deploy the airbags. Drifting or creating a situation that has a certain combination of speed and vehicle angle can lead to an unwanted air bag deployment.
What do you guys think about this?