Airbags didn't deploy in Kurt car crash

2013-07-10 11:06
Johannesburg - The front airbags in the Toyota Fortuner in which Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren and two friends were involved in a weekend accident near Witbank, did not deploy during impact,  Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Beeld published a photograph of the wreck, showing that the front airbags did not deploy. Only the airbag in the left front door, where the singer sat, deployed during the crash.

Darren's family said they suspected that this may have been the reason why he sustained a knock on the head, and possibly damaged his optic nerve, as he had experienced continuous double vision issues since the accident.

Since the crash, in which Darren also broke eight ribs, he has been recovering in the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

Response from Toyota

Toyota spokesperson Leo Kok said Toyota South Africa had never had a vehicle of which the airbags did not deploy when needed.

"For an airbag to deploy during an accident, there are several requirements. The power and angle of impact and the position of the vehicle will determine which airbags deployed, if any. Without analysing the vehicle itself, it is impossible to determine which factors played a role."


  • Tsomakae Tso Dire - 2013-07-10 11:22

    Toyota is just overpriced and it's ugly.

      Morne Coetzer - 2013-07-10 12:11

      Then go buy a taxi if you cannot afford it....see if that is safer....idiot

  • Tsomakae Tso Dire - 2013-07-10 14:36

    By the sound of this article it's not even safe at all. Go German and you'll never look back.

  • Lulama Mbelwa - 2013-07-11 07:44

    The family should sue Toyota, Kurt could've died in the crush

      Vernon Meakin - 2013-07-12 12:30

      Would that be orange crush or lemon crush ?

  • Vernon Meakin - 2013-07-12 12:29

    I may be wrong ,but i think your seat belt must be done up for the air bags to deploy ?

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