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How do airbags work?

  • Dummy Airbag TestFront Air Bags are designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crashes.
  • Side Air Bags are designed to inflate in moderate to severe impacts at the side of the vehicle.
  • Air Bags will inflate only if the impact speed is above the system's designed "threshold level" which is usually around 12-15 mph.
  • During an impact, sensors detect the impact which than triggers a chemical reaction and inflates the air bag with great force, faster than you can blink an eye (up to 200mph)
  • Air Bags distribute the force of the impact more evenly over the occupants upper body, stopping the occupant more gradually
  • Air Bags should always be used with safety belts to provide maximum protection.
  • You should never lean up against or close to the instrument panel.
  • No objects should be placed over an air bag or between an air bag and an occupant.