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Older Airbags and Hard Four Wheeling

Discussion in 'General Tech' started by landtoy80, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. landtoy80


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    Mar 13, 2003
    North Front Range, CO
    I sold my FZJ80 last winter and I will be in the market for a replacement vehicle next month. Not sure if its going to be a truck or SUV yet. I am looking at all my options and wondering if I should be worried if the vehicle has passenger airbags or not?

    I have not owned a 4x4 (that I go off road with) that has passenger airbags and wonder if it will become an issue as they age? Will they get brittle over time or start to deteriorate? Will years of bumpy roads and hard four wheeling take a toll on them?

    I have been considering 100 series and pre 1995 Toyota trucks. 100's have airbags and pre 1995 trucks don't. I have owned 5 pre 95 trucks and upgraded to the Land Cruiser (60, 62, 80) when the kids couldn't fit in the extra cab any more. Kids are all grown up now so I can buy what ever I want. I would be looking at 2002 to 2005 100 series if I go LC again. I hope the purchase will last me 10 to 15 years. So the airbags will be 25 to 30 years old while I am four wheeling it.

    Am I over thinking this? I don't want to have to invest in $$$$ replacement air bags several years down the road.
  2. GoISU


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    Jul 24, 2007
    Wheaton, IL
    Are you worried about them deteriorating and throwing a code requiring service or are you worried that they'll be too old and dusty to function if needed? I'm no airbag specialist but I'm guessing that anything short of regularly submerging them in dash deep water crossings shouldn't effect their functionality. A lot of engineering went into them and I'd assume they're intended to survive anything up to and including a collision. They're basically a bomb that's always ready to detonate, they're either unexploded or they've fired, don't thing there's any moving parts to fail, just a charge waiting for an electrical impulse to detonate. Just my .02.