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      10-05-2012, 06:39 PM   #15
rdollie
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As I recall from reading the life cycle of an airbag is about 10 years. After that manufacturers say they have to be replaced (which most people don't do.)

In this case an 11 year old air bag deployed. I'm sure it's stunning to experience but I don't think there would be any recourse against the manufacturer (BMW in this case.) I had read the biggest risk was that your airbag wouldn't deploy when needed - didn't expect to read of cases of it deploying prematurely due to age (read many cases years ago of things like someone's hockey stick falls against the bumper while in the driveway causing a deployment though.)