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GAC Toyota Camry sedan’s airbags fail to work in accident

(People's Daily Online)

08:30, August 03, 2012

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Airbags fail to work in accident

A Chinese consumer surnamed Li bought a GAC Toyota Camry sedan for 162,000 yuan on Oct. 1, 2011. The car had been running well until around 2 p.m. on July 16, 2012, when Mr. Li had an accident while driving the car alone to work. The car ran off the road at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour, and snapped a utility pole in half. “The front part of the car is almost completely broken,” but fortunately no one was hurt, Li said.

Li found the car’s front airbags did not work at all in the accident, and said angrily, “I was lucky I did not get hurt, but what if my child sits beside me?” Li, who pays particular attention to vehicles’ safety performance, had carefully asked the salesperson whether the Camry sedan had well-functioning airbags. “The car has good quality, and its airbags work well,” the salesperson answered.

GAC Toyota conducts technical test

A GAC Toyota 4S store employee said that the airbags failed to work because the impact was not enough to trigger them, but Li does not agree because he remembers that under Chinese law and regulations, a vehicle’s airbags should unfold when it crashes into an object at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour.

Li was recently informed that GAC Toyota would send technicians on July 31 to check whether the car’s airbags should unfold in his case.

Another GAC Toyota employee said that according to relevant law and regulations, a vehicle’s airbags should unfold when it crashes into an object at a speed of over 30 kilometers per hour and cannot move forward.

Read the Chinese version: 广汽丰田凯美瑞车祸中气囊没打开被投诉
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