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Old 05-12-2016, 07:15 PM   #29
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Got mine today. Said I would get another letter when a replacement became available.
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:17 PM   #30
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Got mine today. Said I would get another letter when a replacement became available.

Same process for me (on Honda SUV). Really wondering if it's safer to disconnect and/or remove entirely?
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:32 PM   #31
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Really wondering if it's safer to disconnect and/or remove entirely?
I'd vote "No" on that one. Only a small fraction of the recalled airbags will actually kill you. The number that have worked as they are supposed to far exceeds the number that haven't.

I'd rather take my chances with the airbag than do a face-plant into a steering wheel with the airbag removed. I've seen the facial scars on a young lady who wrecked a pre-airbag car, and broke her nose, one cheekbone, and one eye socket on the steering wheel. She used to be very pretty, but not anymore.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:10 AM   #32
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Indeed no need to disconnect it. Just wait until the time will come and replace.

However, in this official website: http://icsw.nhtsa.gov/safercar/rs/ta...akatalist.html

- there is no Sprinter exists for Takata recall:
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:50 AM   #33
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Indeed no need to disconnect it. Just wait until the time will come and replace.



However, in this official website: http://icsw.nhtsa.gov/safercar/rs/ta...akatalist.html



- there is no Sprinter exists for Takata recall:

Yes there is, look in the left hand column:

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Old 10-21-2017, 09:42 PM   #34
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Old 10-22-2017, 12:53 AM   #35
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Contacted Mercedes Benz of Baton Rouge a month ago about the driver's side airbag recall on my Interstate and was told they have none available to install. A month later, they still have none available.
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Old 10-22-2017, 02:24 AM   #36
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I will call our local MB next week and will update.
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:31 AM   #37
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The key to using it as a safety restraint is that it has to fully inflate before it makes contact with your face. If your face hits it while it's still inflating, it can break your neckó which was the original intent of the execution device patent, which had the bag placed behind the prisoner's head like a pillow before being inflated.
That's why it's important to wear the seat and shoulder belt properly, and sit as far from the steering wheel as possible. The airbag is a supplemental restraint, won't work by itself.

Personally I've seen firsthand evidence of how well airbags and side curtains work. But we've offset that by driving faster and more aggressively so the death rate still goes up.
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I don't know if this is any indication of any larger trends, but I finally had my Toyota Sienna's airbag replaced about two months ago.

The scheduling was entirely at Toyota's discretion; nothing I seemed to do could influence the course of the process (my squeaky wheel got no grease, in other words). For a very long time, I heard nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing and then BOOM, the attitude was, "Bring your vehicle in as soon as you can."
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That's why it's important to wear the seat and shoulder belt properly, and sit as far from the steering wheel as possible. The airbag is a supplemental restraint, won't work by itself.
Sitting far from the airbag won't make a difference if your vehicle has one of the defective driver's side airbags. They fire three pieces of shrapnel through the airbag and into your chest or face when they inflate.

Fortunately, nowhere near all of the recalled airbags are defective, but unfortunately there's no way to tell which are or aren't until they activate.

But your point about the seat belt/shoulder harness is well taken. Without them, any airbag, defective or not, can snap your neck when it suddenly inflates, if you're thrown forward before it inflatesó as opposed to it inflating before you're thrown forward.

Here's an interesting aside regarding airbags, dating back to 1978: http://www.automotive-fleet.com/chan...tion-tool.aspx
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Sitting far from the airbag won't make a difference if your vehicle has one of the defective driver's side airbags. They fire three pieces of shrapnel through the airbag and into your chest or face when they inflate.

Fortunately, nowhere near all of the recalled airbags are defective, but unfortunately there's no way to tell which are or aren't until they activate.

But your point about the seat belt/shoulder harness is well taken. Without them, any airbag, defective or not, can snap your neck when it suddenly inflates, if you're thrown forward before it inflatesó as opposed to it inflating before you're thrown forward.

Here's an interesting aside regarding airbags, dating back to 1978: http://www.automotive-fleet.com/chan...tion-tool.aspx
Right. I was referring only to properly working airbags, not the defective ones. If I had those, I would disconnect them. But no one should mess with those connectors unless they are trained to work on them.
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Airbag replaced successfully

Freightliner of Evansville IN (a Sprinter dealer) did my airbag recall last month. I had called them in August and it took about a month for the parts to come in. Not sure if Freightliner has better access to parts for this recall but if you have a dealer close by you may want to give them a call.
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:33 PM   #42
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Had mine replaced a couple of months ago. Both sides. The guy did it while talking on his cell phone the whole time.
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