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5 Facts About Your Car Airbag



airbag shot out in a car

airbag shot out in a car

Airbags are among the common safety features found in most cars. The airbag technology was developed to reduce the impact of car crashes on drivers and passengers.


If you’re yet to understand how the airbag works, you may wish to read How Airbags Work And Types before you proceed reading what we have for you in this post.

Below are 5 facts you may have not known about airbag

1. Airbags are triggered only when the vehicle’s sensor detects a significantly large negative momentum under impact of collision.

A good example is when you’re driving at 100km/h and hit another vehicle moving at 80km/h in the same direction as you do, the airbag is most likely not to deploy.

On the other hand, when you’re driving slowly at 40km/h and hit a parked trailer, the airbag is most likely to deploy because of the sudden negative momentum created. This momentum triggers the airbag.

2. Every car is not equipped with airbags.

Airbag feature isn’t found in every car; there are cars that don’t come with that very feature. Ensure you check if the next car you want to buy comes with airbag or not in order to evaluate the car’s safety.

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3. Airbags may deploy with smoke dust

You may see a lot of smokes and dust in the cabin when an airbag deploys. This is not a defect; it’s as well not harmful to your health. It is a mixture of nitrogen gas and fine dust that are sometimes used by manufacturers to compress the airbag so they deploy faster.

4. If a passenger or driver is not fully restrained they may contact the air bag before it is fully inflated, they may sustain serious or fatal injuries.

5. The air bag is inflated at speeds up to 200 miles per hour. This is faster than the blink of an eye.


Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.