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You are in the Mazda Protege
What is this discussion about?
Mazda Protege, Sedan
Oct 12, 2001 (3:25 am)
Well, the sensors for the side air bags are enclosed in the bottom of the b-pillars (the upright frame members between the front and rear doors) -- near the lower anchor point for the seat belts. I would imagine if that area of the car took a sudden impact, as it seems to have done, then yes, those air bags would deploy. And yes, I guess I'd have to say that aside from an engine fire, air bag deployment and ABS failure are the two most expensive things that can happen to a car. Still, if this had happened to me, I'd be fighting Mazda over what caused the air bags to deploy. I'd definitely file a report with NHTSA (if it happened in the U.S.).
If you go to a reputable body shop (don't take it to a dealer for body repairs!) they should perform all necessary measurements to ensure the frame is sound, and they'll correct any misalignments in the frame. Following that accident in my 1988 Hyundai I alluded to about a dozen posts back -- since my car was hit at a 90-degree angle on one corner, the frame was bent. My car spent two days "in traction" on a frame-straightening machine to bend it back within specs again. BTW, I drove that little car 115,000 miles with few major problems (and it spent its whole life delivering pizzas!), and then traded it in on my first Protege in September 1991. That Hyundai really wasn't a bad little car, considering it was built cheaply, didn't have A/C, and only cost $7,100.
#5257 of 24043 magnetic bras
Oct 12, 2001 (4:38 am)
this is in response to a posting much earlier. i have the magnetic bra and i had trouble in the beginning matching to the contours. but after leaving it in the sun laid out on my hood, i had no problems what so ever. it has now been 1 month and still matchs the contour perfectly. the outside temp was about 65 degrees but the hood in the sun was much hotter. i'm very happy with it. (winter might be a different situation), but i store the car.
#5258 of 24043 I don't know if you'll catch him in time.
Oct 12, 2001 (5:03 am)
Paul (vocus) was the one with the magnetic bra, and last weekend he was saying he was going to return it for a refund. Did you do that yet, Paul?
#5259 of 24043 meade and mapp 2 photos...
Oct 12, 2001 (7:40 am)
Would you please send me the photos of what you have.
Are you thinking of MAPP III yet?
#5260 of 24043 Of course I am!
Oct 12, 2001 (9:17 am)
The photos are on their way!
Oct 12, 2001 (9:40 am)
email them to firstgenprotegeyahoo.com
Thanks i'll get them up soon
Krotine, that flash thing you made is awesome!! I wish i knew how to do that hehe.
Oct 12, 2001 (10:24 am)
I just tried to send them to that address, but I got an undeliverable message saying your server wouldn't allow a file that size to come through. Listen ... I've got a bunch of stuff going on today at work and I don't have time to send each one individually to cut down on file size. Can you get with Jason and see if he can e-mail 'em to ya? Thanks a lot, and if I don't get around to posting again before 3:30, everybody have a great weekend!
Looking forward to MAPP NOEL -- the first-annual MAPP Christmas Party!!! (Hey -- why not?!)
Oct 12, 2001 (12:42 pm)
i'll send the mapp pics monday, ok?
#5264 of 24043 speedypt; caddy keyed
Oct 12, 2001 (1:58 pm)
While I agree fully with those who feel it wasn't the thing to do, in a similar position I'd have done exactly the same thing, and I wouldn't have regretted doing it at any point in this lifetime. Payback is..
Oct 12, 2001 (2:00 pm)
Even though I wasn't able to attend I was happy to see what an apparently rousing success this year's was. Kudos to Meade!