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How to tell if side curtain airbags in a used Explorer
I know a "D" in the vins 4th position (for 2002-2005) means side airbags but does it always mean the safety canopy side curtain airbags?
We have seen a 2002 with the airbag stickers on the roof over both the front AND rear pillars, and then today saw a 2005 with the airbag sticker on the roof just over the front pillar. Does that mean it does not have the safety canopy and just has side curtain for the front passengers?
It gets even more confusing with the 2006 models as all come with the front passenger side bags, so searching the vin it will say-"Sec. Gen. Airbags & Side Airbags, Curtains, or Canopy".
How do you tell for sure if an explorer has the safety canopy side curtain airbags?
I am also wondering if a mechanic can tell if a vehicles airbags have blown and are in good functioning condition. We saw a used '06 Explorer with really low miles in great condition but it had been in an accident (still clean title), but I worry about the airbags. We are looking for a new vehicle because our last Explorer was totaled in an accident and after seeing what can happen in a low speed accident, I want to make sure we have the safest car possible!
Thanks for any help!