Was at a concert tonight. Came out to the parking lot afterwards. Loaded up my mobility scooter (as usual). Started the Wrangler up. Airbag warning light stayed on, started dinging.
At first it was a bit confusing, as I thought it was the seatbelt light (or maybe door). Before I could even close my door, BAM, the airbag deploys. Just outta nowhere. Passenger side. My brother was sitting next to me as the passenger. Luckily he was sitting back, and only got the back of a hand scraped a bit.
The noise was deafening. I have a lung disease (hence needing the mobility scooter) and use oxygen. Almost choked with the amount of smoke from the airbag. Had to open all the windows, and doors, to get it aired out. Took a while.
An officer at one of the exit doors heard it, and saw the smoke, came by to check on us.
Was this just a fluke? There is absolutely no damage on the Jeep at all. Never been in an accident. Got it brand new, and it's almost 2 years old (2010, JK, Unlimited, Rubicon). Or is this a potential defect I should be concerned about further? We actually have 2 Rubicons. Exactly the same except the paint (his and hers). Amazing what trading in an H2 can get you.
Seriously though, this did more then just scare the crap out of me, make me choke, etc. I'm definitely taking it to the dealer first thing in the morning. Anyone else have any experience like this? We were in Park. Didn't even get to the point of shifting out of Park.