Can a pothole really cause your airbags to deploy? Warped Perception/YouTube

The crew at Warped Perception work very hard at one thing and one thing only, destroying everything they touch in spectacular fashion.

In the channel’s latest episode, host Matt Mikka is on a mission from hell to destroy his “see-through” 2003 Mercedes-Benz E320. He takes the once respectable mid-size luxury sedan to a pothole-ridden street in Chicago, and lines her up against some mean craters that the city has yet to repair.

On his first couple runs, he discovers that going too fast causes the car to fly right over the pothole. He adjusts his speed down to about 40 mph, and on the next run, the passenger side airbags deploy. He hits what he calls a “primer” and a “rim killer” pothole, and it seems the air bag went off as the left upper ball joint rebounded up towards the body of the car. It’s a little odd that the passenger side cutain airbag went off and not the driver’s, but after looking at the car, you wonder how anything functions properly anymore.

Some would stop here, but not Matt. He really wants to see some carnage, so he goes at it again. This time he blows out another tire and calls it a day. Next episode promises even more carnage, so stay tuned and watch out for potholes, they can really suck.

Related: This guy put his ‘see through’ Mercedes through hell for our enjoyment

Alex Palmeri About the author:
Alex Palmeri graduated with an Associates in Automotive Technology and started his career with Mercedes-Benz as an apprentice and shortly after a Master Technician. Currently Alex works as shop foreman in a large fleet repair facility. Aside from writing his automotive passion is very diverse. Alex’s car collection consists of ...Read more
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