We’re all thankful for passive safety measures to ensure a car is safe as can be in the event of a crash. But, for one individual, airbags ruined a track day.
Video shows the driver of a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 partaking in a time attack event on a track when suddenly, the car’s side curtain airbags deploy, seemingly for no reason at all. The driver does cut a corner somewhat, but the Camaro ZL1 never struck anything.
Doing some digging shows unintended deployment of the airbags isn’t exactly isolated in the Chevrolet Camaro—as far back as the fifth-generation car. Back in 2011, a video swept the internet showing a driver having harmless fun in his Camaro SS when the airbags also deploy suddenly. Then, General Motors explained the oversensitive airbag sensors.
The sensors are designed to predict a rollover crash since they can’t deploy too late and lose their intended effect. So, basically, when the driver of this 2018 Camaro ZL1 swept through the corner, the sensors predicted the car was about to roll over and deployed the airbags.
Thankfully, no one else was on the track when the airbags did deploy and it appears the driver only received a minor cut.