Sorry to hear about your misfortune.
The airbags only go off if they sense the intrusion coming from a specific direction ie side impacts = side curtains. They also sense force of impact so that they deploy more slowly at low speeds.
Hope this helps.
Again, so sorry to hear about your misfortune, but airbags are not designed to minimize damage to your legs. Some accidents can not be walked away from no matter how well engineered the vehicle may be. This sound like a very serious accident and you have given us no details as to how it occurred. Everything on this BB will be speculation, so you are not going to find any insight here. Contacting a lawyer may be your best bet. A family friend was killed in the late 80's while driving his 380SC at a high rate of speed on the autobahn. He drove off the road and the air bags deployed yet he was killed. Completely his fault.
As for the mechanical glitches prior to your accident, these are things that other 230SC owners can help educate you on.
Get well soon and let us know how things are going.
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