In Reply to: Head on freeway collision involving Z3 posted by RickS on January 16, 2000 at 20:08:04:
If nothing else, the Z3's air bag system senses the use of seat belts and will not deploy in a low impact collision if the belts are latched. This can prevent an unnecessary deployment at low speeds. I had a 50 mph direct collison with a 500 pound moose a couple of years ago and was amazed at how well the Z3 handled the impact. Because it was a "soft" impact and my wife and I were both buckled in, the air bags did not deploy. This helped prevent any injury from flying glass or bruises from the bag deployment. The Z3 is a very crashworthy vehicle...we got out with no injuries. The car was repaired and still looks and runs great. We NEVER drive this or any car without buckling up.
'97 2.8, Silver/Black, 17", HK, Dinan air intake & strut brace