Airbag sensor location

Tiny
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I’m looking to replace the front discriminating airbag sensors for the passenger side of my car. I know that it is located underneath the hood towards the front of the vehicle. I haven’t had my car returned to me yet but was told I can change the sensors on my arm if I’d like. Is the sensor located behind the headlights? If not, where would the front passenger discriminating sensor be located?

Thank you in advance!
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Thursday, April 11th, 2019 AT 9:27 PM

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Tiny
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Good morning,

I attached a picture of the sensor and the location of the front sensors. They are behind the headlights.

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Friday, April 12th, 2019 AT 2:46 AM
Tiny
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Awesome thank you so much! Also, in your opinion, if a car hit a tree on the passenger front end and the headlight was completely destroyed, do you think the center should’ve deployed the passenger airbag? Or does it really depends on the angle?
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Friday, April 12th, 2019 AT 9:10 AM
Tiny
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Was there anyone in the passenger side when you had the accident?

The bag deploys from speed and angle.

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Friday, April 12th, 2019 AT 9:26 AM
Tiny
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I was. I have permanent burn marks from the passenger door curtain airbag on the right side of my face, my right elbow, forearm and right side back of my head hit the windshield. My upper arm near my armpit struck the passenger door panel that deployed the curtain airbag and left marks. Before the impact of the tree, my body was knocked towards the driver side of the car so my weight shifted off the passenger seat before the impact. I weigh 120 pounds. The driver steering wheel airbag deployed and was ripped so it’s possible that the airbag exploded and ripped it open causing lesions to the drivers face. The driver left me there and I was unconscious for eight to ten minutes before they found me in the passenger seat of the car. We are able to prove the exact part of the passenger curtain airbag that burned and scarred the right side of my face as well as match all of my physical injuries to sitting in the passenger side of the car. The only thing is that the passenger dashboard airbag didn’t deploy. To me it looks like the sensor was hit but the airbag didn’t deploy. Even if there wasn’t a passenger in the seat, would the airbag deploy if that sensor was hit? And I understand that Takata is under investigation for criminal charges for their airbags killing so many people right now and we’re at the worst airbag malfunction crisis in US history.
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Friday, April 12th, 2019 AT 10:18 AM
Tiny
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The airbag will not deploy if no one is in the seat.

You should call the dealer and ask them if your car was on the list of recalls for the bag.

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Friday, April 12th, 2019 AT 12:42 PM
Tiny
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Unfortunately you’re absolutely incorrect about your last statement of an airbag will not deploy without a passenger in the seat. Most people know that and it’s all over the media. I added a screenshot of my friend who was in a 10 mile an hour car accident by himself without a passenger. He hit a pole on the passenger side and every single airbag deployed including the side curtain airbags a total of six airbags went off and he was the only one in the car. Costing him $10,000 in damage. Your last statement you should probably not make anymore, the Chevy dealer actually approved your statement to be 100% incorrect. Airbags were created as additional safety precautions working in conjunction with seatbelts. They are not to replace seatbelts, all they do is allow cushion for your face when moving toward the windshield. The dealer actually showed me a test dummy video of an airbag deploying without a passenger in the car and one as well with a passenger in the seat without a seatbelt. In The test study video without a passenger in the passenger side, the airbag absolutely DID deploy! That crash test video with the passenger in the vehicle without a seatbelt, the airbag absolutely did NOT deploy! It was shocking and mechanic that actually replaces, removes and disposes those explosive devices explained that many people are misinformed or just want to believe that airbags and seatbelts are two separate entities. They’re not, it’s almost common sense nowadays to know that they work together for cost reasons (let’s face it they’re not cheap) and safety reasons. If there’s no seatbelt tension and there’s weight on the seat, it could be an foreign object in the car that it’s not a human so it doesn’t deploy because the seatbelt isn’t fastened. Please do not give someone that false information, I knew you were wrong that’s why I went straight to the dealer and they couldn’t believe that that’s the statement that was made. Please do not give anyone that false information thank you for trying though. Now you know the truth about that question.
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Friday, April 12th, 2019 AT 3:33 PM
Tiny
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First of all, I am correct. There are sensors in the seat that detect someone is sitting there. If there is no one there, the bag will not deploy. That's the way the system is designed.

If there was a deployment with no one in the seat that the system had an issue.

I never believe the internet. This is reality and that's the way the system works.

You can take the advice or leave it, your choice. I have doing this for almost fifty years and teach this now as a job.

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Friday, April 12th, 2019 AT 3:46 PM

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