Having a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS stuffed with a 426-horsepower V8, six gears and the rear wheels doing the pushing is reason enough for anyone to want to get a little sideways. Trouble is, letting the tail hang in your 5th-gen Camaro could get pretty uncomfortable.

During a drifting session in a parking lot at Michigan's Milan Raceway, Paul Beiswenger of Lopez Tire and A&D Autosport managed to deploy the car's side curtain airbags, apparently spontaneously. Beiswenger was fine, but his female passenger suffered minor burns on her right arm. The solution? Cut the airbags down and keep going. We love it.

General Motors' take? The incident is an indication that the system is working as it should. GM spokesman Alan Adler said the car is designed to "predict" an imminent rollover and deploy the curtain airbags proactively. That's a brilliant feature if you're indeed on your way through the spin cycle, but as you can see, it isn't exactly conducive to hooning. Video's posted after the jump.



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      Master Austin
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry not buying it. if this were the case then probably every other car out there specially SUV's would be deploying airbags when Edmunds/MT/CD is tossing them around for testing. You tweak the roll-over stability control sensors so they deploy when the yaw senses extreme threshold has been reached and 2 wheels lose contact from pavement. Thats how most systems are programmed.
      TahsinZ
      • 4 Years Ago
      Something similar happened a couple years ago, when a guy pulled so much G-force accelerating in a CTS-V that Onstar called thinking he had crashed. http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/24/video-onstar-calls-hennessey-after-tuned-cts-v-pulls-99-g/
        jtav2002
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TahsinZ
        GM just assumes that if you drive their vehicles like intended you're probably going to crash. They're just being proactive. haha
        kikassboy
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TahsinZ
        it happeend at redline time attack too. Onstar called during his run at Redline Time Attack at Auto Club Speedway
      • 4 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      landypd5
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well at least u get that TRANSFORMER COOLNESS status.
      Shexy
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it possible to actually roll-over in a Camaro?
        Drew
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Shexy
        Maybe if it went into a ditch, the CG is too low for it to happen on flat pavement I would think
      robert
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe thats the cars way of saying he does not know how to drift! ;)
      Harry & Fran
      • 4 Years Ago
      More GM=Government Motors hastily designed dangerous,defective SCUMARO Junk!! If you want a REAL Tried and TRUE AMERICAN BUILT Muscle Car --DRIVE the Original AMERICAN Muscle CAR---The Ford MUSTANG GT !! The American MUSTANG out performs the Over-grown,over-weight,and cheap looking Scumaro in all categories and the AIR BAG will not Deploy unexpectedly like the Scumaro of Government Motors!!
        tump
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Harry & Fran
        Crap, are you four years old?
      cantdrive55
      • 4 Years Ago
      Edmunds had the same problem a few months back. I guess that's what happens when a car manufacturer focuses on making a car look "cool" as opposed to making it a driver's car. Also related: the garbage interior.
        Varcity
        • 4 Years Ago
        @cantdrive55
        Making a car look cool has nothing to do with the deployment of airbags. Psst, your bias is showing.
      Bruce Lee
      • 4 Years Ago
      Working as intended? You lose visibility when the airbags deploy since it whites out your cabin when the gases deploy, and being burned by your airbag isn't helpful either. If anything an airbag that deploys when it shouldn't can cause you to crash if you're actually racing your car. Maybe GM never intended anybody to actually drive it like a sports car.
        themanwithsauce
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bruce Lee
        Go figure GM didn't think most people would drive their base camaro SS on a racetrack. And let's not forget he's drifting, not actually racing it so that has something to do with it. Also maybe that that's why most people who have a track car converted from a street car remove the airbags and other safety systems and install a track-grade rollcage and restraints. Oh and for the record, sports cars =/= drift cars.
          Varcity
          • 4 Years Ago
          @themanwithsauce
          So what if he's drifting? Is that your argument? So if he applied too much power in a turn and the rear stepped out, they wouldn't deploy?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Bruce Lee
        [blocked]
      Dark Gnat
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Hello, this is Onstar. We detected that you were attempting to 'drift", but because you suck at it, we decided to deploy the side curtain airbags before you kill yourself. Thank you."
      Kris
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, it's American. It's not designed for cornering.
        QAZZY
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kris
        It's a muscle car, made for drifting. If you read the article and saw the video, you would know that they were drifting.
          Kris
          • 4 Years Ago
          @QAZZY
          I read the article and I saw the video. I made a joke. You know, WE the Europeans love to make jokes about American cars not been able to take a corner fast and GM even made their car to activate the safety systems when it corners or drifts too hard. But if you had just a hint of sense of humor you would know that. Now pull that stick out of your ass and get a life!
      Tony
      • 4 Years Ago
      calling the "bug" a "feature"...lol nice
        ZOZ
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tony
        I'm guessing the Toyota unintended acceleration was a hidden feature too!
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