Since the invention and implementation of modern airbags, many lives have been saved. The design and efficiency have come a long way in recent years. Most people are aware of the fact that they are important, yet many are unaware of how they work.

The airbag is actually quite simple. There are basically three parts to an airbag that make it work:

  • The bag. The bag is simply the part that explodes out of the vehicle and comes into contact with the driver or passenger. It is made of a thin, nylon fabric and folded into the steering wheel, dashboard, or other parts of the vehicle.
  • The sensor. The sensor tells the bag when to inflate. It detects a collision force equal to running into a brick wall at 10 to 15 miles per hour.
  • The inflation system. Airbags are actually inflated by the equivalent of a solid rocket booster. Sodium azide and potassium nitrate react very quickly to produce a large pulse of hot nitrogen gas. This gas inflates the bag, which literally bursts out of the steering wheel or dashboard as it expands. About a second later, the bag is already deflating (it has holes in it) in order to get out of your way.

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