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    Hello, I have been told there is a book covering the placement and types of airbags in each make and model automobile specifically. Can anyone help me locate this book for purchase by my department?

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    Find your local Holmatro dealer, they have the book. It's not cheap, around $200.00 and it's only current to the publication date. Don't know if they have an edition that includes the 2002 models but if they do it will be outdated when new 2003 models come out.

    It is a good source, also includes battery locations. Do you know where the batteries are in a 2002 Buick LeSabre? The only problem is that you have to take the time to find out what kind of vehicle you have in the incident. Sometimes when they're upside down in a ditch that's not too easy

    Just remember that if you disconnect the battery and wait a minute you should be okay (REMEMBER DAYTON). Take that time to stabilize the car, etc. Once the power is gone there is no juice to the system so you should be alright. Also, remember to watch out for the seatback retractors and side bags in the pillars and roof line.

    I sell cars and trucks for a living and sometimes think we've gone overboard but it's all in the name of safety.

    Good luck.

    By the way, the LeSabre battery is under the rear seat. <img src="eek.gif" border="0">
    Steve Dragon
    FFII, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer I, Fire Appartus Driver Operator Certified
    Volunteers are never "off duty".
    http://www.bufd7.org

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    • #3
      Do you subscribe to Firehouse magazine? If so, you need to check out the November 2001 University of Extrication article. It is all about using the Holmatro book at crash scenes. It even has a page reproduced from the book so you can see what info is there.

      Ron Moore
      Ron Moore, Forum Moderator
      www.universityofextrication.com

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      • #4
        Be careful even after you disconnect the battery. Dragon-fyre said to wait a minute, but in most cases it's more. The reason why is there are capacitors which act as batteries for the airbag system in the event the main battery should become disconnected before the airbags have gone off in an accident. Now the drain time on these capacitors varies from car-to-car and from what I am told incident-to-incident. So if you are working on a vehicle that has an undeployed airbag, disconnect the battery asap, but still treat it as being "hot" the whole time on scene. Better to be safe than sorry. Have fun.

        God Bless, and be safe.... -Bull.

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        • #5
          Unhook both battery terminals at the battery and hook them together takes the Zap right out if the capacitors.T.C.

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          • #6
            Bull, I've been teaching a class on how to handle air bags since 1991 and believe me on the one minute. The capacitors do not have much more of a range than that. We (GM & I) have tested the capacitors and they drain below 5 volts in less than a minute. The SIR needs at least 5 volts to work.<br />If your team is working properly on stabilizing the car while you're working on the battery the timing should be okay. And don't forget to stay away from any yellow wires.
            Steve Dragon
            FFII, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer I, Fire Appartus Driver Operator Certified
            Volunteers are never "off duty".
            http://www.bufd7.org

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            • #7
              Thanks for the advice Steve. I was taught a little differrent. That's good to know. -Bull

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