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Old 08-04-2008, 01:57 PM   #1
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Accident, Air Bag deployed, car won't start


apologies for the cryptic title; I'm trying to make sure it gets picked up in searches for future reference.

I was in a somewhat nasty accident with my '03 330i. It's a bit hard to describe, but I was on a 2 lane 1 way street making a left-hand turn into a driveway when I was hit from behind. The driver of the second car hit me broadside on the driver's side denting both doors and the rear quarter. The car spun 90 degrees counter-clockwise and came to rest after the right rear tire hit the curb. Both rear tires were severely bent in, damaging the axles and rims.

Both the driver's side airbag and curtain deployed. After almost 3 months in the shop (my autobody guy is very meticulous, but I'm losing my mind!!), it's almost ready. The issue is he can't seem to get it started. The airbag circuit is not connected and both of us think that may be the culprit. It would seem to make sense as a safety feature; you wouldn't want someone driving the car around without properly functioning airbags. However, I thought I'd ask here: does my model BMW have an ignition shutoff "feature" when the airbag circuit is disconnected?
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