Camaro ZL1 Deploys Curtain Airbags On Track After Hitting A Curb

As if having to drive with one hand on a race track isn’t difficult enough, having your side curtain airbags deploy out of the blue really does make for a pretty bad experience.

According to the video’s description, the driver’s right hand is paralyzed, which is why he was only using his left. Unfortunately for him, something went wrong with that Camaro’s sensors.

By the way, this is not the first such incident. Back in 2011, the curtain airbags of an older Camaro SS deployed while it was drifting. Then, last year, a Camaro ZL1’s side bags went off simply because its custom exhaust was too loud!

The latter incident occurred because the car vibrated so much under acceleration that the sensor got overloaded, which is understandable since the exhaust diverter was positioned almost directly underneath the sensor. As for the first, it might have had something to do with the G-forces, since the side airbags are designed to deploy only under specific conditions.

What happened on this latest occasion seems to point to some type of error, too. We do see that the car hit the curb hard on that right hand corner, so that could have fooled the control unit to “think” there was an accident, thus triggering the airbags. Thankfully, the driver only suffered a scare.

  • Puddingpopper

    Could keep a better line with two hands on the wheel

    • scot

      Check out his right hand after the airbag goes off – looks like there’s no motor control in it. Not sure what ails this gentleman, but it appears he cannot use it. Looks like he was out enjoying his car on the track, which is great to see. Bummer about the airbag. 😕

      • Puddingpopper

        Ah good catch

  • Bo Hanan

    And it had nothing to do with sasquatch’s driving skills?…

  • Kaisuke971

    He was doing a pretty good job despite his conditions, i’ve seen a video where the aibags of a ZL1 deployed because the exhaust was too loud so they must be too sensitive. That’s very dangerous, if it was a crowded track the end result could’ve been much worse especially in this case where the driver can only use one arm

    • Bo Hanan

      Cars totaled.

      • pcurve

        shouldn’t cost more than $1k to replace the curtain airbag…

  • ou95grad

    I think it was “this” close to rolling. It looks like it went slightly airborne and sideways at the same time. I suspect that the advanced stability control was the only thing that saved it. The airbags have to be somewhat predictive, and I’d say this event came within a millimeter of a rollover.

  • Abu Sayyaff

    The System reacted as prescribed, it’s only luck that prevented this car from rolling over (Luck cheated the System) … With that kind of handling and skills this should bee an upside down video.

  • scot

    A poor GM product whose performance not many other production performance vehicles can match.

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