How do airbags work
Airbags are an integral part of keeping drivers safe on the road. However, while it is a well-known fact that airbags protect car passengers, what is more mysterious is exactly how they do this. The mechanics of an air bag system are often unknown to the average person. Therefore, we here at INFINITI of TUCSON have decided to shed a little light on how airbags work.
To start off, we should take a look at what makes up the airbag itself. The bag is composed of a thin nylon fabric. This fabric is designed to inflate with air in case the automobile gets involved in a wreck or accident. So how does the bag know when to inflate? The sensor tells it so! The airbag sensor will activate the inflation process if the automobile experiences a force that is equivalent to running into a brick wall at 10 to 15 mph. The air inside the airbag is composed of a special nitrogen gas which allows it to inflate rapidly.
When an airbag is released, it is released quickly - the bag inflates completely as a speed of 200 mph! A second or two later, the bag will deflate. With that much speed and force, you might want to be sure you keep a safe distance from the driver airbag at all times. The general rule of thumb is for drivers to maintain a distance of 10 inches or more from the driver airbag.Now you know a little more about the incredible airbag system and how it keeps you safe. Have a pleasant and safe drive!If you feel that your airbags need serviced, be sure to bring your car into INFINITI of TUCSON and our dedicated service team will be happy to assist and answer any questions you may have!