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Old 01-08-2005, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default Is the airbag control module fused internally?

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I've got an airbag module in my garage lying around and it's from a car which did deploy the airbag. I know that some units are designed for one-use where a fuse internally blows when the airbags are activated. Thise prevents someone from just popping airbags back into the vehicle without replacing the module as well. Do the Saturn airbag modules do this?g


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Default Re: Is the airbag control module fused internally?

ALL airbag modules in ALL makes (to my knowledge anyway) are one time use units. Were they otherwise, it could lead to serious liability issues for the manufacturers if said units failed to function "the second time around"
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Default Re: Is the airbag control module fused internally?

There is an eprom that would require reprogramming once an air bag has been deployed. This same eprom stores how fast the vehicle was going, seat belt use, brake use for 5 seconds before the deployment. GM will never reprogram the eprom (claim inertia sensors can be compromised ).

I dont feel the inertia sensors are compromised and feel the system does an excellent job at monitoring itself for any faults so I payed an outfit out west $100 to have one reprogrammed and it still goes through its full diagnostics every start.

Hopefully I wont ever be able to tell you how it does in a crash.
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Ah, do you think they will at least pull the data from the unit....I'm kinda curious to know what the driver was doing before she wrecked the car.

Oh, and the module is from a 94', so I'm wondering if the OBD-I vs OBD-II standards define certain parameters that are fed to the airbag PCM. Remember, I'm talking about the ECU, not the physical bag when I'm saying "reusable".

Heck, I may just take it apart too :-)

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