Last post on Jan 22, 2009 at 6:09 AM
You are in the Toyota Corolla
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Toyota Corolla, Accidents, Safety Technology, Sedan
#12 of 21 Re: Airbag Safety [shortee]
Jan 20, 2009 (6:57 pm)
There have been major changes in front airbag design in the past few years. All cars made since 2006 must have "advanced" front air bags (but many 2004 and 2005 cars have them too). Federal testing requires these "advanced" airbags to be safe for an average-sized male and a small woman--which coincidentally means 5 feet tall and 100 pounds--wearing seatbelts in collisions of up to 30 mph. The airbags must also be safe for a small woman who is not wearing a seatbelt in a crash of up to 25 mph.
I found references on the Web to "dual-stage" front airbags on the 2004 and 2005 Corolla. That means Toyota implemented the "advanced" frontal airbag design early, so it looks like any Corolla sold in the U.S. from model year 2004 and later has the advanced design. You can confirm that by looking in your owner's manual (there should be a section on the airbags, or even a separate booklet on them), or by contacting Toyota.
If you have a Corolla made before the 2004 model year, then that could be a problem in being safe for someone who is 5 feet and 100 pounds.
There's a good article on Edmunds.com (link below) that goes into more detail on airbag design. There's other articles also that you might find useful; one easy way to find them is to google "air bag small adult" or similar search criteria.
#13 of 21 Re: Airbag Safety [backy]
Jan 20, 2009 (7:15 pm)
Thanks for this information it is helpful to me. i have an 09 corolla so i think i should be fine in keeping my airbag on. Thank you again
#14 of 21 Re: concern for toyota corolla drivers [backy]
Jan 20, 2009 (9:11 pm)
Okay backy! So let me clarify, if his/her car is equipped with only front airbags then "obviously he/she doesn't know how airbags work". Do you agree the that the dealer should have tested his/her airbags before the sale? And do you also agree that Toyota doesn't give a hoot about safety?
#15 of 21 Re: concern for toyota corolla drivers [terceltom]
Jan 21, 2009 (8:12 am)
I think my post was clear. Let's see if the original poster returns to give us more information.
Of course the dealer should not have tested the airbags before the sale. And I don't agree that Toyota doesn't care about safety. It appears the person who said those things was very upset about the accident they were in. People in that situtation don't always have the most objective view. But that is no excuse for others to make assumptions about what they know or don't know about airbags with the limited information we have.
#16 of 21 Re: Airbag Safety [pat]
Jan 21, 2009 (7:14 pm)
Not with out more information from the poster on the model year and was it equipped with was front and or side airbags then which ones did not open up.
#17 of 21 Re: Airbag Safety [mnf]
Jan 21, 2009 (8:07 pm)
What i have is an 09 corolla with side and front airbag. None of my airbag have deployed on me yet. it was just a generally question about airbag and how safe it is for a woman who is 5' and 100 pound. Backy gave me a pretty good article on airbags in his/her respond. But if u have any other information please let me know.
#18 of 21 Re: Airbag Safety [shortee]
Jan 21, 2009 (8:21 pm)
Actually, the response from mnf was in regard to the 1st post in this topic and forum by injh. We're all wondering what year Corolla injh has and if he/she indeed does have side curtain airbags?
#19 of 21 But MY point...
Jan 22, 2009 (6:09 am)
...is that we can talk about Corolla air bags in general in this topic, which is what shortee is attempting to do.
It's clear that we need more information to understand and respond to the initial poster's situation. Let's leave that alone until or unless we get answers to some of our questions and let the topic expand beyond that post.