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Old 12-17-2008, 10:48 AM
Location: Wesley Chapel
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I have a '91 Buick Park Avenue, I wonder what the chances are
of a 17 year old air bag working if it was needed??

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Old 12-17-2008, 10:51 AM
Location: North Pole Alaska
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Very good. There is only one way to find out for sure though.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:38 PM
Location: Eastern Washington
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I do know that old, pre-WWII ammunition is usually OK if it's been stored in a reasonably cool, dry place. And every once in a while, a WWII bomb or mine gets set off, they seem to go boom just fine. An air bag is, essentially, ordnance, so it's probably very long lived as well.
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:31 PM
Location: the D
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It has the same chances of a newer air bag deploying if needed.
Unfortunately there is only one way to find out, and it may be too late by then.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:52 PM
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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On my 1991 Lexus LS400 (airbag equipped) under the sunvisor it states that the airbag system should be inspected by the dealer 10 years after the date of manufacture and every 2 years after that, but a Toyota-Lexus tech told me that was only a precaution and it was not necessary and the system would be fine decades down the road.

I have a 1988 Mercedes, which is an even older car with an airbag and I have been told by other 80s MB owners that have had crashes that the bags inflate fine.

My grandmother had one of the first cars with airbags. It was a 1974 Oldsmobile Toronado (airbags were optional on certain full-size 1974-76 GM cars and only about 10,200 were equipped). Anyway in 1987 my uncle crashed the car and the airbags worked fine. I later talked to someone that had one of these with the airbags that they were going to put in a salvage yard because it was in such poor conditions... he deliberately blew the bags and they worked fine. As long as the "airbag", "SRS" or if I recall on my old 1992 Park Avenue and 1991 Camaro "inflatable restraint system" warning light is not on, then it should be fine.

BTW, the 91+ Park Avenue earns very high scores in crash tests.
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