McLaren airbag replacement

McLaren airbag replacement

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MclaesLaren

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42 posts

57 months

Monday 5th April
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Read on the net somewhere that is mandatory to replace all airbags after 10 years of car age. That will be next year for the first MP4-12C.

So, is there anyone that can confirm this? And if so, what price will such service cost?

johnnyreggae

2,581 posts

124 months

Monday 5th April
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Isn't this a discredited potential problem from the early days of airbags - my understanding is no-one has to change airbags

PrestigeDale

11 posts

13 months

Tuesday 6th April
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I wouldnt bother, they still function perfectly fine.

Liokault

2,213 posts

178 months

Thursday 8th April
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I used to work in airbags.

The old style airbags that had an explosive propellant were only warranted for that propellant to last for 10 years, it’s probably ok, but over time the effectiveness reduces to a degree.

Newer airbags use compressed gas as a propellant, this shown no degradation, so unless you have a car from the very early days of airbags, you don’t need to worry.

I think you will be ok.

supersport

3,241 posts

191 months

Thursday 8th April
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This came up recently, I started a thread.

My F430 has a sticker saying expires November 2020. I got the same answers and that lead me to do some further digging.

From Ferrari at least, replacement air bags are about £10,000 which is plain stupid and I don't think anyone ever does it. They also stopped putting these stickers in not much later after my car was built.

The consensus I found seemed to imply that it was thought in the early days that they wouldn't last. Of course I don't think you see these stickers on everyday cars which have had them an awful lot longer.