K-Mech wrote:BottledViolence wrote:My girlfriend managed to hit a pole driving through a parking lot the other night. Dented the hood, broke the grill, and cracked the bumper cover. All parts I could replace in a few hours, but would need to pay someone to paint them if I couldn't get the right color from a junk yard.
Oh, except the airbags went off. Five of them. Instead of a few hours and a few hundred bucks, it's almost $13,000, three weeks at the shop, and she had bruises all over from the fucking air bags.
Best part is she probably only hit it because we make the A-piller so fucking huge now because we have to stuff more airbags in there.
I've lost count of how many people I've talked to who hit something (or someone) partially hidden behind the huge blind spot we put in one of the most critical areas of a driver's vision.
IU thought the a-pillar hugeness was because of rollover test requirements... but yes, I hate how thick those've gotten.
It can be both. She has a small crossover, and with the airbags deployed you can really see how much smaller the A-piller could be. I'm sure in a larger vehicle, especially a truck the added strength for the rollover requirement is more of an issue.