Air Bag Safety
Drivers Side Air Bag
Air Bag in Steering ColumnAutomotive air bags are made of a stretchable membrane which inflates during a collision to provide cushioning to the head and torso to prevent injury. The technical term for the air bag safety system is supplemental inflatable restraint or (SIR), cushion restraint system, or supplementary restraint system (SRS). Air bag technology currently used in cars is derived from a system used in aircraft in the 1940s. The original air bags were bladders, filled with heated or compressed air. That system was quite large in comparison with modern air bag technology, but works on the same principle.
Air Bag Deployment Air Bag System Information Even in the case of power failure the diagnostic and sending module is capable of providing electricity to all the airbag systems. This module is checked every time the automobile is started. In case of failure, an SRS warning light will flash or stay on constantly asking for immediate attention. The car must be turned off completely with the wheel in a straight position. The battery must be carefully disconnected from negative terminal and then followed by the positive terminal and a manufacturer specific amount of time must pass to allow for capacitor discharge. When working with the airbag module, do not face it towards the body or any surface in case of accidental inflation to avoid injury. Airbags inflate when the car hits an object at the speeds above 8 to 14 MPH. They automatically deflate at a temperature of 300-400 degree Fahrenheit, in case of fire. The efficiency of the system increases when it is used along with a seat belt because the body is properly positioned. It is always recommended to wear the seat belt when the vehicle is in motion. The passenger in the front seat should be away from the air bag about 10 cm at all times to avoid any adverse effects to the passenger in the event of an accident.