Airbag works after 12+ years

Mike Miller mikemilr at
Tue May 20 00:57:53 EDT 2003

Just so everyone that wondered can rest peacefully, my airbag worked fine
yesterday on my 91 200q build date July 1990. I hit about 2 inches of hail
in the left lane at about 65 mph ( speed limit 75mph).  I fought the battle
for close to a 1/4 mile before completing a 360 into the cement jersey
barrier at 45+. I suspect the car is totaled. The drivers side headlight is
barely visible under the hood and the hood will not open.

The ol' gal did her job in protecting her driver. Air bag popped and my
worst injury is the burns on my right thumb and left forearm. I don't know
what they put in those damn airbags, but it filled the car with what looked
like blue smoke, although, odorless. I suspect that the air bag propellent
is on the right  side of the steering wheel as it is my right hand that
suffered the burns, which look like chemical or frozen wounds vs. friction
or heat wounds. People that saw the accident unfold were amazed that I was
able to walk away from it virtually unhurt - Horray for Audi safety! I was
wearing my seat belt!

No way will I let the car go to auction if it is indeed totalled. Recent new
parts include  transmission, rack, alternator, ps pump, starter, bilsteins,
etc. Car is pearl with black interior/ sport seats.

mike miller
helmville mt

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