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Old 08-25-2014, 06:42 PM   #1
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Safety airbags for Class A RV's

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I'm in the process of moving up to a Class A from a much loved and much used Class C. I cannot find any information about driver and passenger safety, in particular, driver or passenger airbags. Do they even exist? If they do not is there a reason why not? I'm concerned.

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I have never seen a Class A with air bags
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:46 PM   #3
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Is it that you're sitting up so high that you don't need them? Is there a reason?
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They are not required by the Feds is the easy answer. The only ( my opinion) reason they are in class b and c units is that the cab is the same one the auto makers use in their trucks and vans that must meet the requirement. I'm not sure how effective they would be in a class a for anything other than one in the steering wheel.
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No SRS,( Supplemental Restraint Systems ) in Class A' s, probably because of the distance from the steering wheel for the driver and the angle the steering column comes up through the floor. In the event of a crash severe enough to deploy the air bags in a passenger vehicle , it is possible for even a properly restrained driver ( Shoulder belt on) to contact the steering wheel. Particularly if the steering column is pushed towards the driver. Avoiding that contact , to the face and upper body, is the protection the SRS provides.
Same for a passenger, distance from the dash is such that there is no way to produce a SRS large enough to do any good in the 1/30 of a second that the SRS needs to deploy in, to be effective.
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The coach manufacture would actually have to design an air bag system for the coach. When a manufacture like Ford and GM design an air bag system the structure of the entire vehicle is determined for deceleration rates in a crash and crumple zones. When the vehicle is designed the manufacture knows how much and where the vehicle will absorb damage and the air bag deployment can timed correctly so when a persons face hits the bag it is on the deflate side of the deployment. If your face hit the bags while the bags were deploying then fatal injuries are likely to occur. Since a class A coach has so many variables and they likely will not be mandated by the feds to design an air bag system we wont be seeing them for a while. It cost millions to develop air bag/restraint systems.
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All good answers above. Difficult and extremely costly to develop ans install, and minimal benefits from having one. Large trucks and busses don't have them either. Fatalities in Class A RV crashes are actually rare, and those that might have been prevented by air bags even rarer.

Lap & shoulder belts, on the other hand, are effective, maybe even more so than in passenger cars and light trucks. You sit further away from the dash and windshield, so keeping you in the seat and against the back rest is very effective in preventing injury.
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