Airbag Tutorial

The Air Bag System for Frontal Crashes
When Do Air Bags Deploy?
When a Collision Occurs
What Happens After a Deployment
Air Bag Contact Injuries
Air Bags, Safety Belts and Child Safety Seats
New Technologies


If you are among the millions of Americans who will sooncartoon - airbag inflating in auto purchase, lease or rent a motor vehicle, it will be equipped with one or more air bags. Air bags are called supplemental restraints because they are designed to work best in combination with safety belts. You should always wear your safety belt whether or not your car has an air bag. All new passenger cars, light trucks and vans are equipped with both driver and passenger front air bags. (While many new vehicles are being equipped with side air bags, this brochure focuses mainly on front air bags. See the "New Technology" section for informationon new air bag technologies.)

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