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Camaro Airbag Deployment while Drifting

Posted in Burnouts, Camaro, Chevrolet, Funny, Funny Videos, Hoonage, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | August 15th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

Camaro Air Bag Deployment

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?

Source: Autoblog

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6 Responses

  1. Set says:

    Seems like if GM is really concerned about “performance” driving, then they might want to adjust their algorithm little bit to ensure this doesn’t happen to more people enjoying the great cars they put out the way they were intended to be used. Especially with the ZL-1 coming out.

  2. Canrith says:

    It’s unfortunate. To say the very least.

  3. Rod Munch says:

    I saw very little “drifting” in the vid……GM obviously has to do some recaculating if they consider this “drifing”. lol

  4. Mark Smith says:

    Interesting response. It looks like he had a lot more adverse acceleration going on earlier in the video but as soon as he changed to a clockwise path, boom.

  5. James says:

    It wasn’t even drifting just doing donuts

  6. Taylor says:

    It was the abrupt change in direction that did it. The car did exactly what it was supposed to do. It’s just something people will have to learn to live with if they choose to have a new car.

    Maybe they can integrate certain sensors into the “sport” mode switch which will deactivate them. Of course then you’d have to sign a whole ream of legal documents when you buy the car so that the dealers and manufacturers asses are covered.