1. Airbags when not active in all accidents
Airbags do not activate in every accident. To be precise, airbags are designed to only operate when the life of the person sitting in the car is threatened, such as in the case of a severe frontal collision that causes the person in the car to be thrown forward even though they have a seatbelt on, hitting the steering wheel or dashboard.
2. Airbags and seat belts
Without wearing a seat belt, your life is still in danger in a car equipped with airbags during an accident. Simply put, at a speed of 50km/h, when a seatbelt is worn, the person in the car is protected by both the seatbelt and the airbag. On the other hand, without wearing a seatbelt, the person in the car will be thrown forward and hit the windshield even if the airbag is activated.
You should remember not to sit too close to the steering wheel or dashboard, and not to place objects or tape on the dashboard, even when wearing a seat belt. Because when a collision occurs, the deployment of the airbag can be very dangerous.
3. Conditions for airbag activation
The activation of an airbag depends on the speed of the vehicle at the time of impact and the type of vehicle. The airbags will activate when there is a very strong collision from the front of the vehicle, at an angle of less than 30 degrees to the center of the vehicle, towards the left or right side.
In some situations, the airbags may also activate when the vehicle collides strongly with a curb, falls into a deep hole, or deep rut.
4. Some situations when airbags do not activate
Airbags sometimes do not activate when the vehicle collides with a deformed object or one that is moving.
For example, when the vehicle is stationary, its airbags may not activate when colliding from the front with a moving vehicle weighing the same at a speed of 40-50 km/h. Or, when the vehicle is stationary, its airbags may not activate when colliding off-center or at an angle, even if the collision speed is higher than described above.
In some cases, the airbags may also not activate when the vehicle is moving at a speed of 30-35 km/h and collides with a small tree or a movable object.
Airbags may also not activate in the event of a collision with downward force, such as in a collision with the bottom of a truck.
5. Why airbags do not activate in low-speed collisions?
Airbags only operate once. If the airbag deploys in a low-speed collision, it will not protect the person in the car when they encounter a subsequent severe collision.
Typically, airbags do not activate in rear-end collisions, side collisions, or rollovers.
6. Side airbags
Side SRS airbags protect passengers from dangerous injuries in severe side collisions. In such accidents, the airbag will deploy, the seatbelt will protect the passenger in the car, and the side SRS airbag will activate to protect the upper body (chest).
In side collisions, the standard speed for the activation of side airbags is equivalent to a Mark II car slamming directly into the passenger compartment of another car from the side, at a speed of 20km/h or greater.
Just like with front airbags, there are cases where side airbags do not activate. For example, when the vehicle collides from the side but does not directly hit the passenger compartment, or at an angle, the airbag may not activate even at the described speed.
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