2007 Toyota Highlander Q&A
2007 Toyota Highlander Question: airbag failure or not?
My daughter was involved in an accident in her 2007 Highlander. The policeman estimated the speeds at collision at about 30 and 45 miles per hour. She was cut off by someone merging onto the highway at 15 miles an hour. She hit the back of him causing almost $7000 damage to her car. The other car took off when hit so I don't know how much damage was done to his truck. My husband and I are concerned that at those speeds her airbags did not deploy. Thank you so much for your help!! - momNC
Air bag deployment is a tricky issue. A lot of faith must be left with the control module to work at is was designed, which it should do unless the air bag warning light is on indicating a fault. The only explanation I can offer is this - I would think a collision into a sold object a the speed your daughter was traveling should deploy the air bag, The fact the other vehicle was moving, albeit slowly, may lessened the impact force of the collision enough to keep the air bag from deploying. I know it may sound like a lot to you but $7,000 worth of body damage is really not that much these days. - Jim Taddei