As safety technologies and gadgets become more ubiquitous in modern vehicles, does the cost increase for the consumer? Ideally, the more these varying technologies are implemented, the cheaper they should become as competition, further development and market saturation will make them cheaper and more widely available. However, there is a caveat for the time being. In the case of the serious collisions, these tools can be damaged in irreplaceable ways. Let’s examine a high speed rear-end collision and determine what the owners are left to handle.

Is It Worth The Cost To Fix Every Safety Feature?

If the vehicle has a rear-detection camera to relay what is immediately behind the vehicle, the camera may be destroyed. Additionally, any remote sensors used to direct the car for assistive parallel parking may also be damaged and require repair. The body damage to the rear bumper and other panels will increase the cost to repair the vehicle as the whole part must be replaced for the embedded sensors to function properly. Finally, if the vehicle has curtain airbags that deployed in the high-speed collision to prevent further injury to the passengers, the cost to install new airbags and reupholster the vehicle can push the car over the edge from repairable to totaled, even though most of the car is still completely functional. Does the owner have to accept the check for the totaled vehicle? While the owner could pay to have all the parts replaced and the car restored to working order with all the safety features re-installed, the cost may not be worth the trouble. At the end of the day, you the consumer must step back and ask yourself if you want to be given this option because your car slowed itself to lessen the impact of the collision, or be faced with more pressing medical decisions.