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I have a 2008 XF Premium luxury with 4.2 petrol engine .The car has only done 38000 KMS.
Today I was driving at 40 kmh along a smooth city street and bang an explosion and the bonnet lifted up at the back some 6 inches and I found that the pedestrian safety air bags under the rear of the bonnet ( Hood ) had deployed for no reason .
This should only happen if the car hits something hard and it is designed to make the impact on pedestrians much less potent if they are struck so the manual says .
I drove it straight to the dealer who said you must have hit something which I told them I certainly had not . They agreed the front of the car was unmarked but said the airbags will only go off in a frontal collision .
I am the only driver of this vehicle and can truthfully say it has never ever hit anything in the front to do this and am wondering has anybody out there heard of this happening I suspect it must be a faulty electronic sensor or the computer but would love to hear from anyone who may have heard of or seen this problem and can give some advise .
The dealer wants A$3150 to replace the airbags and bonnet hinges which cant be reused .
Help ! !
 
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You are not the first XF (or XK) owner who this has happened to, spontaneous and random deployment of the Pedestrian Safety System.

It's been reported many times, where there was no impact at the front of the vehicle.

North American vehicles do not have the Pedestrian Airbags so you won't hear anything from North America about it. But plenty from the UK.

Here's one https://www.jaguarforums.com/forum/x...-fault-121410/

It's been mentioned on the other, UK-based Jaguar forum as well.

Jump on google for "jaguar xf pedestrian deployment" and you'll get a heap of hits...

Good luck with it.
 
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Great to know they are not on the NA cars!
I did not know that.
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Thanks for your input -- much appreciated . DavidT
 
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Sorry to revive an old thread, but here's a good example of what happens when the Pedestrian Protection System deploys for no apparent reason.

05/10, Jaguar, Xf, Sedan - Pickles Auctions Australia

2010 build XF 5.0L, the PPS deployed, you can see there is absolutely no damage to the rest of the vehicle (i.e. there was no impact / crash)

The vehicle has been written off by the insurance company, why it's ended up at the salvage auction.

Here are the pictures uploaded to the forum, since the auction listing will eventually disappear.

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Obviously this particular car copped more damage than the usual hinges & airbags for $3200, maybe the bonnet is bent too or there is something else going on with the insurer (new for old replacement? but the car is too old...).

Figured i'd post this since some people had asked "why would you disable the PPS" ? well here's your answer...
 
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Looks to me like it had a significant impact on the front-left of the car. The chrome strip in front of the little grille on the bumper is missing (as it seems is the grille itself), and it looks (from the blurry pictures on the website) that the bumper is pretty badly broken in that area, and the front wheel well is damaged with various pieces of plastic hanging down.

It looks to me like this is a legitimate deployment of the system as a result of a front-end collision
 
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Hey Cameron, how's it going.

is there a simple disconnect of the pedestrian system, maybe a fuse pull. Definitely don't want this happening to me.

 
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Originally Posted by DavidT View Post
I have a 2008 XF Premium luxury with 4.2 petrol engine .The car has only done 38000 KMS.
Today I was driving at 40 kmh along a smooth city street and bang an explosion and the bonnet lifted up at the back some 6 inches and I found that the pedestrian safety air bags under the rear of the bonnet ( Hood ) had deployed for no reason .
This should only happen if the car hits something hard and it is designed to make the impact on pedestrians much less potent if they are struck so the manual says .
I drove it straight to the dealer who said you must have hit something which I told them I certainly had not . They agreed the front of the car was unmarked but said the airbags will only go off in a frontal collision .
I am the only driver of this vehicle and can truthfully say it has never ever hit anything in the front to do this and am wondering has anybody out there heard of this happening I suspect it must be a faulty electronic sensor or the computer but would love to hear from anyone who may have heard of or seen this problem and can give some advise .
The dealer wants A$3150 to replace the airbags and bonnet hinges which cant be reused .
Help ! !
This is one more reason why I have a dash-cam. I know it's of no help to you now, but in these situations, he-said, she-said, is basically a non issue when you have video evidence of what happened. Sorry that you suffered this. I am now worried that this could happen to me ('09 XFSC) I'll have to check if this can happen on US cars.....
 
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This is one more reason why I have a dash-cam. I know it's of no help to you now, but in these situations, he-said, she-said, is basically a non issue when you have video evidence of what happened. Sorry that you suffered this. I am now worried that this could happen to me ('09 XFSC) I'll have to check if this can happen on US cars.....
As far as I understand in North America we don't have these... at least on my XF Portfolio, in Canada, I do not have them.
 
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Correct. That system is fortunately not on US spec cars
 
 
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