Looks like a Ford Ranger to me, and if that charger module is damaged the car will likely be totaled.Glad to hear everyone is ok.
Considering the age of that F-150, I'd say yes, the truck is a total loss....
Oh, The Volt?? woops... You'll be surprised with the total for repair. It may be close to being totaled..
Not fast enough to setoff the airbags
Yah, what's up with that? I thought air bags were a lot touchier than that.
I am also surprised the air bags didnt deploy given the front impact.
The criterion for airbag deployment are a lot narrower than most people realize.
It isn't about speed. Simply put, it's the rate of deceleration (distance vs. time), vehicle orientation(s), and direction(s) of inertia (which are often multiple) that engages the system and determines its actions. These can be identical at 20 or 100 MPH. The only difference being the mass's motion interaction with stationary objects, such as pavement and landscape, and changes to the variables during an initial collision, and subsequent collisions (whether hitting, or being hit). A vehicle is not a stationary object. The SRS system is designed to protect occupants. Not vehicles, in any way. The system's purpose is intended to address only one of Newton's laws: the rate of deceleration, as it applies to the occupants. Increasing the time it takes to decelerate reduces the incident of injury to people. We've all heard, "it isn't the fall that kills you, it's the sudden stop". Funny, but it is the truth. A vehicle's braking system does the same thing: a transfer of energy over distance, vs. dumping it all at once. If your brakes caused instant stops, all airbags would be deploying soon after a vehicle leaves the dealer's lot, and a lot more people would be dead or seriously injured. Even a bug on a windshield imparts a level of deceleration upon a vehicle and its occupants. It doesn't end so well for the bug, but that energy went somewhere. It didn't disappear just because you didn't feel it.I am also surprised the front airbags did not trigger. It does require a certain amount of frontal crushing to do that, so you must have fallen just short of the necessary amount.
I don't disagree with this, except (yeah, I'm always that guy)...^ Thanks for sharing your experience and detailed information about airbag deployment. I would have to disagree with one of your points, though. The statement that "the airbag didn't [ever] increase the likelihood of injury." I am sure that is true the vast majority of the time, but if a passenger is out of position, it is possible for the airbag to cause injury or death. This is an issue to be aware of for short stature drivers too close to the steering wheel, babies in rear facing child seats, and any other passenger who is out of position such as an un-belted child who is standing up in the vehicle, someone leaning against the side of a car while sleeping, or a passenger putting their feet up on the dashboard, for instance. There have been rare examples of people being injured or killed in several of these scenarios. They can also be hazardous for people doing auto repair work near them. They are one of the best car safety advancements ever made, but they do deserve respect.
True, the first introductions of airbags did cause some airbag-caused injuries and fatalities. This isn't what we're discussing, and it isn't relevant in regards to modern SRS systems. A lot of things in the automotive world that occurred in the 1950-1970's were less than well developed, with some that should have been classed as criminal. Some of the most popular collector vehicles, for example, were built on one of the worst chassis in history (X frame). Times are different. We are far from perfect, but a lot less far than 40-50 years ago, at least in this regard. We're smarter than we've ever been in history (despite what we see in the media), but we've barely scratched the surface of what is to be known. No matter how smart we get, we will never know what we don't know.Thanks for all the informative input.
While of course the airbag responds to deceleration, most people think in terms of speed, which is just decel over time, so in casual conversation invariably people say speed, when they actually mean accel/decel. Further, I think we all remember when airbags first came out, or at least I do, we were told they would trigger at 5mph, the rate of walking, a speed metric. Of course, that led to some unnecessary deaths, or so the NHTSA determined, and the standard was raised so that the airbags would trigger at a higher speed and higher rate of decel, to prevent unnecessary deaths, as airbags are a violent explosion in and of itself.