SRS & Airbags

Airbags are known as Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS) and are intended to work in conjunction with seatbelts to reduce the risk of injury to occupants during an accident. Southern Cross Automotive Repairs are experts in the field of air bag services and can also deal with any SRS warning light issues you may have.

The success of the car air bag system relies upon the crash sensors working not only accurately but also extremely quickly. These small pieces of electronics register when a vehicle has been damaged in an accident and respond to the way your car reacts, including sudden stopping.

It is important to have the SRS and sensors checked regularly to ensure they are working efficiently. If you have any concerns about the functioning of your SRS, or would like us to check the safety systems in a car you are considering buying, call us now.

SRS & Airbags
SRS & Airbags

How Does An Airbag Work?

When there is an accident, a signal is sent to the inflator system, which sets off a chemical charge. This produces an explosion that causes an air bag to split its casing and inflate to protect you. This all happens in an instant, usually within 55 milliseconds. That’s about the same amount of time it takes for you to blink or sneeze.

Faulty Airbags

When the airbag light on your dashboard comes on it is a warning that you could have faulty airbags or a problem with the airbag system. Airbags and the sensors that monitor them are complicated and must be repaired by a professional. If the airbag light comes on, it is best to have the vehicle checked out by us as soon as possible.

SRS & Airbags
SRS & Airbags

Most Cars Have Multiple Airbags Including:

  • Driver Front
  • Front Passenger Frontal
  • Driver Thorax
  • Front Passenger Thorax
  • Right-Hand Side Curtain
  • Left-Hand Side Curtain