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The Average Airbag Replacement Cost (You Must Know!)

March 8, 2016 | Electrical Repair Info

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If your car endures a major impact and all its airbags are deployed, it will create a very high cost because all the relative system parts will be defective. This means you must replace all these defective parts such as front air bag sensors, airbag ECU, driver air bag, passenger air bag, front pretensioner seatbelts, dashboard (on some models the passenger airbag is fitted on the dashboard), and sometimes the steering wheel bent. For more information about airbags, please read the full article below:

What is Airbags

The airbags are a safety restraint which are installed in order to protect the head and the upper body of the driver and the passengers of a vehicle by inflating at a rapid rate and are used with the seat belts. If you want to replace the airbags of your vehicle, you need to know their costs so that you are not jumped at by any finance surprises.

The components of Airbags system

  1. Front & side Airbags sensors (impact Sensors)
  2. Airbags ECU (SRS airbags module)
  3. Horn pad Airbag
  4. Passenger Airbag
  5. Knee Airbag
  6. Side curtain Airbag
  7. Pretensioner Seat Belts

All the components are linked to the airbags system. If the airbags are deployed, it will damage all relative airbag components, such as the Airbags ECU, Airbags sensors, and Pretensioner seat belts.  As a result, you’ll need to replace them together.

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The Average Costs of the Airbags

The airbags on the driver’s side can cost $200 to $700 or more per bag only for the replacement purposes. This price is dependent on the year, make and model of the vehicle. The airbags on the passenger’s side cost from $400 to $1000 or more. The side curtains and the knee airbags are not as common as the driver and passenger seat airbags but their prices are almost same as passenger side airbags. The prices may vary depending on the design and size of the side curtains and the knee airbags. The airbags could be cheaper if you buy from the online retailers, but they usually have a limited warranty.

The total cost to replace the deployed airbags from a professional can range from $1000 to $6000 which depends on the year, make and model of the vehicle, locations and number of airbags and the other related parts that need to be replaced like dashboards, airbag computer, springs, sensors, instrument panel, windshield and the steering wheel. The labor cost of the work is usually in the range of $30 to $90 per hour.

What should be Included

You have to hire a professional technician to install the replacement airbags instead of trying to do it yourself for your own safety. The airbags cannot be re-used. It may be legal to use an airbag, which has not been deployed yet, from another vehicle; this should be done as a last resort only.

An on-off switch should also be installed on the passenger seat of your car if you have 13 years old or younger passengers with you or someone with medical conditions since the size and air pressure in the airbag could cause serious injuries to them.

Shopping For an Air Bag

If you want a replacement installed or a new airbag installed in your vehicle, the best place for doing so is an auto repair shop, car dealership shops or an auto body shop. There are some shops which specialized services in airbags as well. Ask around for a good mechanic who can get the job done for you and also satisfy you with his work.

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