Can You Drive a Car After the Airbags Deploy?

Although it may be physically possible in some cases, it isn’t recommended that cars be driven after the airbags deploy. The vehicle should be repaired by a trained mechanic before being used again.

On rare occasions, a minor accident can cause airbags to deploy without damaging the car too much to drive it. In these cases, it is possible to continue driving the vehicle. However, cars with airbags are designed to rely on them in crashes. Driving a car designed for airbags without them may increase the risk of severe injury or death if another crash occurs. Vehicle safety experts recommend that drivers avoid using vehicles after airbag deployment until the airbags are replaced.