My 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan was hit head on, totaling both vehicles. My airbags did not deploy. Can you tell me why?

My van was at an intersection. A car came from the other direction, swerved to miss a truck in front of me that was turning left and hit me head on. The force of impact knocked my van backward about 100 yards. The vehicle that hit me was a small Toyota car. Both vehicles are totaled. My airbags did not deploy. All four of hers did.

My car has 136000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. To be honest, there is no way we can tell you why the air bags on your Grand Caravan did not deploy. In some cases, the air bag sensors are damaged due to corrosion or other electrical faults. You might want to contact a Dodge dealership to speak with their service department and inquire into this. I’m glad you are able to send us this message.

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My 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan was hit head on, totaling both vehicles. My airbags did not deploy. Can you tell me why?
ANSWER : Hi there. To be honest, there is no way we can tell you why the air bags on your Grand Caravan did not deploy. In some cases, the air bag sensors are damaged due to corrosion or other electrical faults. You might want to contact a Dodge dealership to speak with their service department and inquire into this. I’m glad you are able to send us this message.

Difference between a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan SE and 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan C/V besides the seating? Chassis & suspension diff?
ANSWER : The C/V version is rated for 1,500 pounds of cargo and 300 pounds of passengers (1,800 pounds combined). All other versions of this vehicle, including the SE, have a suspension rated for 1,150 pounds max, passengers and cargo combined. Obviously, if you take the seats out of an SE you will reach your minimum required payload of 1,200 pounds. To determine the exact load carrying capacity of a vehicle simple view the certification placard on the door pillar which will contain the GVWR (subtract curb weight to get cargo capacity) but note that ratings per axle which must be observed to avoid overloading and dangerous operating conditions. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Can/should passenger side airbags ever deploy without having driver airbags deploy?
ANSWER : I believe that if the passenger air bag deploys the driver side air bag should also deploy. If the air bag that deployed was a passenger ’side’ air bag (meaning an airbag located in the seat as opposed to the dashboard) then it is possible to have only one sides airbag deploy. If the passenger side dashboard airbag deployed but the one in the steering wheel did not, there is an issue with the airbag system on that vehicle.

Can I put parts from a 2003 Dodge Caravan on a 2002 Dodge Caravan?
ANSWER : Hi, thanks for writing in. I am sure many of the parts from the 2003 Caravan will fit the 2002 Caravan fine, if not perfectly. However, I cannot give you a solid answer without knowing specifically which parts you are talking about. I hope this helps and let us know if you need anymore assistance.

At what speed do you need to be hit at for the side airbags in a 2015 mazda 3 to deploy
ANSWER : Hi there. Air bags on modern cars are deployed not necessarily on the speed of impact, but multiple variables including location of the hit along with the g-force of the impact. It could be less than 10 mph or more. It also depends on the size of the vehicle that impacted your daughters car as well.

Can A Chrysler Town & Country 2000 Transmission Work / Fit In A Dodge Grand Caravan 2003?
ANSWER : Hi there. From the years 1995 to 2007 all of the transmissions are the same for the Grand Caravan and the Town and Country. They use four different transmissions, A404, A413, A470, and A670. The A670 is a six speed transmission where the others are a four speed transmission. You can swap a 2000 Town and Country transmission with a 2003 Grand Caravan.

When I hit the ignition my gauges jump but the truck will not turn over and when I hit the brakes the head lights come on
ANSWER : Hi there. Trying to diagnose complex electrical issues like you’ve described can be very difficult. It could be a simple ground wire that is not correctly secured, or the main replay or ignition relay is damaged. The best solution to this problem is to have a professional mobile mechanic come to your location to complete an electrical problems inspection. This will allow them to pinpoint the source of your issue and possible repair it for you the same day.

Someone ran a red light and hit my left front corner causing me to run right into them as they were still in front of me
ANSWER : Your car has one airbag (dual-stage) in the steering wheel center, which you observed had inflated along with the dual-stage passenger air bag. Some models (GS) had the option of having side air bags, stored in the side of the front seat. If an airbag is exposed, and is now hanging limp, it surely deployed. Whether it deployed properly will require the services of an auto crash investigator, an engineer who has expertise and qualifications for what to look for, including your injuries. It is possible that the "crash box" – the device under most passenger seats that makes the decision to deploy which airbags – MAY have seatbelt status information. Recent speed and other data are captured by this device as well for the purpose of deployed safety gear in a crash. Again, a crash investigator engineer will be able to answer these deeper questions.