Modern fleet vehicles are fitted with an array of airbags, strategically placed all around a vehicle to keep the driver safe in the event of a collision. If you own or operate a fleet or commercial truck, you likely don’t think about your airbags that often, but you definitely want them there when you need them. Here’s a are facts regarding airbags, from KG Truck & Auto in Glen Burnie, MD.
We take airbags for granted today, but it took a lot of development over several decades before airbags were put into use effectively. Originally patented in 1919, airbags wouldn’t be viably tested until the 50s and 60s – they finally made their way into widespread use in the 80s and 90s and have only become extremely effective in the past several years.
Airbags rely on a complex system of sensors and even explosives to work correctly. If one of your vehicles has an airbag warning light on, it’s important to have it looked at. You definitely want them to go off in the event they are needed and stay put when you don’t.
It's also important to know how many airbags are in your vehicle, most vehicles have the driver and passenger airbags that deploy, but newer vehicles tend to have them on the side as well! You can find this information inside your owner's manual. We also suggest having your vehicle brought in for us to make sure some of the airbags have not been disconnected, either on purpose or by accident.
Do you know the history of your fleet vehicles? It's possible your fleet vehicle was in an accident and the airbags have been deployed. So when purchasing a new fleet vehicle make sure you know the history of the vehicle. Also, inspect the vehicle thoroughly. Are there signs in the airbag cover that they have been deployed? Is the airbag indicator on?
If you have had an airbag go off in your fleet vehicle, make sure you have a professional reset the airbag, never take upon this step to do it yourself.
If you need to have your fleet vehicle airbag inspected, reset or have a question please stop by and see us! For the best fleet and commercial service shop in Glen Burnie, MD, call or stop by KG Truck & Auto today.