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Old 01-08-2011, 05:19 PM   #1
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front end accident :(

so 2 days ago i was going through a normal intersection, and as i was cruising through a green light, i just shifted into 3rd gear at about 25-30 mph, and an older man blew the red light and stopped dead in the middle of the intersection and i slammed him. i barely saw it coming and before i knew it the front end of my car was in his door. luckily, it was dead in front of where i work and all of my friends saw what happened.

his car door was completely destroyed and too my surprise my car wasnt that bad which was weird. but what im pretty pissed about is that my airbags didnt deploy. i slammed my head on the steering wheel real hard, and actually wound up breaking my left knee . ill post pictures when its not snowing anymore later.

now im wondering, why didnt my bags deploy? its kinda freaking me out that in a head on collision, that they didnt pop out. my bumper is coming off under the passenger headlight, and the lower grill by the fogs is completely smasked in, and it looks like someone took a hammer to the front of my bumper..am i missing something?
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:23 PM   #2
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call the dealer up or read the manual. i'm sure there is section in there talking about the air bag system. If you play your cards right you can get a brand new car with some extra cash to spend. Good luck!
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:26 PM   #3
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i go to the doctor on monday to see if i need surgery which means i am royally screwed. im gonna go to my dealer and see whats up cause im kinda pissed haha.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:28 PM   #4
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Airbags deploy based on the amount of force hitting the car and intrusion.

Based on your comment "too my surprise my car wasnt that bad" it doesn't sound like there was enough intrusion to deploy the bags. I'm surprised when people get annoyed or upset when airbags don't deploy. Its a violent experience when they do and can actually cause more harm if the accident isn't severe enough.

Sorry to hear about you breaking your knee, that blows. Hope you feel better soon.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:32 PM   #5
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trust me you don't want your airbags deployed if the accident isnt that bad. my airbags in my previous car deployed when i hit a curb and burned my hand.no injuries from the accident itself.anyway glad it's nothing more than a broken knee.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:41 PM   #6
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im just saying i hit him going a good 30 mph and i feel like i hit a brick wall. im not saying i wanted them to go off but when i slam my head and my neck is killing me it kinda sucks, but i get what your saying.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:48 PM   #7
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sounds like a seat belt issue too if your head went far enough forward to hit the steering wheel.....
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:11 PM   #8
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nope..never have goten into a car without a belt on. i have a bruise across my chest from it.
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:27 PM   #9
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nope..never have goten into a car without a belt on. i have a bruise across my chest from it.
YYYEESSS that's awesome.



I wanna see the bruises
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:34 PM   #10
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I think he's saying your seatbelt might not have been fitted properly. Either placed too high or too low.

I actually had a very similar accident 20 years ago in my old 87 GTI. Except I hit the drivers front drivers side tire at 40 mph. I had a bruise on my chest and have a scar on my knee to this day from where it broke through the dash.
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:35 PM   #11
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YYYEESSS that's awesome.



I wanna see the bruises
wow that was too funny..
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:52 PM   #12
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Similar thing occurred to me last month. Bought a 2011 GTI and went through an intersection at 25 in which some jerk took an unprotected left turn into oncoming traffic, thus I hit him. Airbags didn't go off either - my car wasn't totaled, but there was 12k damages (no structure or engine, I now have it back from the shop as good as new).

Far as what I know, airbags don't go off till about 40mph. Your head hitting the steering wheel, that should not have happened at all.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:12 PM   #13
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Airbags deploy based on the amount of force hitting the car and intrusion.

Based on your comment "too my surprise my car wasnt that bad" it doesn't sound like there was enough intrusion to deploy the bags. I'm surprised when people get annoyed or upset when airbags don't deploy. Its a violent experience when they do and can actually cause more harm if the accident isn't severe enough.

Sorry to hear about you breaking your knee, that blows. Hope you feel better soon.
Yup. If damage was so light on the outside of the car, it wouldn't make much sense for the airbag to deploy.

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Far as what I know, airbags don't go off till about 40mph. Your head hitting the steering wheel, that should not have happened at all.
I'm just making an educated guess here, but I would think that what determines whether or not the airbag goes off is a matter of deceleration, not speed. So, it's not... hit anything at 40 mph and your airbags must deploy. It's also how the collision took place. Hitting a similarly sized car at 40 mph is much gentler than hitting a 60 foot trailer at 35 mph.


All this being said, OP, while I would bet money that the airbags were right to not deploy, something is wrong with the car if you managed to smash your head on the steering wheel. Now, something being wrong with the car doesn't necessarily mean it's the manufacturer's fault (so don't get all sue-happy). As previously mentioned, the seatbelt may have been positioned too high or something.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:26 PM   #14
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Wishing your knee a speedy recovery. Glad it was not worse.
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I had a GMC pickup, I hit ice on a bridge at 60 mph and went into a 8" x 8" wooden post. My airbags didn't go off either. I was told that it was because it was offset to one side of the bumper. Apparently GMC's have two metallic balls that have to roll forward at exactly the same time for the airbags to deploy. I wonder if VW has the same thing, you said that the bumper was hanging off on one side so maybe you took more of a hit on that side than in the center.

I keep the steering wheel of my GTI as far forward as I can. I try to have as much distance as comfortably possible between myself and the wheel / airbag. Sounds to me like your seatbelt didn't lock or was not fitted right.

It's a drag about your knee (and car), I hope you have a full recovery.
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:07 AM   #16
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Here's wishing you some luck with that knee healing (and your head feeling better, and getting your car fixed or new)!
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:25 AM   #17
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wow thats not cool. just take it easy for a while. its surprising how many accidents are caused by people running lights. anyways welcome to the forum.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:05 PM   #18
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im not getting sue happy at all with VW, i just figured id give them a call and have someone expain to me what happens. when i took my car to the body shop the other day i also found out taht every hex screw that holds the grill on shifted and there all fucked up, and my headlight housing got pshed back whihc also cause another dent in my driver side fender. there was some other things wrong too. estimated at like 6 thousand dollars
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:48 AM   #19
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Sorry to hear about your accident. Almost happened to me three weeks ago. A ford ranger blew a red as I was passing. I hit the brakes, and horn and I stopped right at his front door. I would have sent him to hospital had I hit him.

Sucks about your leg though. One item of decontenting that I am not happy with on the MKVI is the omission of the knee airbag standard in Europe. That might have protected your leg a bit better. I think the Audi A3 has them and I'm pretty sure the TT has them too.
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:11 AM   #20
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My mom bashed her knee and broke it in a car accident 20 years ago. It still bothers her to this day. I don't say this to make you feel bad, but to highlight how serious a knee injury can be. Get to a doctor immediately, and make sure you get it properly taken care of.
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