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    I have a 2001 406 coupe. The air bags have to be renewed next year. What is the cheapest way to do this? Can I buy the airbags in France or the UK as I am going there in December. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Seriously, the airbags don't have to be renewed.

    If your garage bloke is telling you that, I'll point you to one with more commonsense up the road in Thornleigh.

    That said, there is absolutely no way you should be boarding a plane with pyrotechnic devices as personal luggage. You'd be risking a whole lot of spare time to think about it.

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    You will not be permitted to book in luggage or carry on pyrotechnic devices anyway.

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    Based on the fact that his car is a 2001, I'd say he's following the 10 year replacement rule.
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    Thanks for the humour. I was not going to bring them home on a plane. I thought that if they weere cheaper in Europe I would arrange for them to be shipped to Australia. I thought it was compulsory to change them after 10 years. Am I wrong in thinking this?

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    No, it certainly isn't compulsory in NSW to change them after ten years.

    If the airbag system warning light fails to light upon first turning the key, or fails to then extinguish after several seconds, it is a failure item on pink slip inspections.

    There are all kinds of lovely tales about airbag service life; one pearler is about the fabric or stitches rotting.

    As you were willing to spend on new airbags - what about putting similar money into any needed aspects of the car's underpinnings? These things all point towards improved safety and many such as rubber bushes, will have subtly degraded after ten years.

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    The car manufacturers will tell you it needs to be done. Both the Citroen and Renaults we have it down as a 10 year service item.
    It's up to the individual but I'd like to bet it is just the makers ensuring their ar$es are airbagged in case something happens and a 10yo+ car fails in an accident.
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    Peugeotlogic used to have a spiel about PSA having done some testing and now declaring a 15 yr life on them, but I can no longer find a "proper" reference to it.
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    At the likely cost of doing it, I'd certainly rather spend money on the cars mechanical aspects. Then if I can afford I might consider it. Even then I'm a bit sceptical. I'd probably go for the 15 year mark rather than the 10. That's what I would do, but if you ask me what YOU should do, I'm saying you should replace them (so you can't sue me if you need them after 12 years and they don't work, okay?)

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    Ah, if the car is 10 years old, it has theoretically reached the end of its life in terms of spare parts supply guarantee from the manufacturer. Bit of a catch 22.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Bristow View Post
    Thanks for the humour. I was not going to bring them home on a plane. I thought that if they weere cheaper in Europe I would arrange for them to be shipped to Australia. I thought it was compulsory to change them after 10 years. Am I wrong in thinking this?
    Volvo - who were one of the first to install airbags originally had the replacement at 2 years, then they went to 5 years, then 10 years then "life of the car" provided they are not deployed. The reason for the changes was they weren't sure how long they would last and based on inspection they found that they did not "go off".

    Its not compulsory to change airbags after 10 years and all you'll be doing is adding to PSA's profit. Save your money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206 View Post
    Peugeotlogic used to have a spiel about PSA having done some testing and now declaring a 15 yr life on them, but I can no longer find a "proper" reference to it.
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    ó Pyrotechnics' Lifespan Increased ó
    Peugeot France has conducted extensive testing on aged airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners. As a result of these tests it was decided that the service life of these devises can be extended by 5 Years without compromising safety. At the time of the introduction of air bags and seat belt pre-tensioners in 1994 it was recommended for all pyrotechnic safety equipment to be replaced after a service life of 10 Years. Peugeot will now guarantee serviceability for 15 years. This new recommendation by the manufacturer applies to all Peugeot models."


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    Thanks everyone that is what I wanted to know, The car is looked after very well. It is hard to know which is better looking the 406 or my DB7. Thanks again everyone.

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