The Billy Cox Group
has conducted many crash tests involving airbags to demonstrate
their effectiveness and the accident reconstruction techniques
used to reconstruct collisions where they had been deployed.
In this test Mr. Cox was traveling over 30 miles per hour
into a parked vehicle. As you can see is isn't something
you would want to do for fun.
Most deaths and serious airbag inflation
injuries occur when people are positioned incorrectly when
the airbags deploy. Typically this is from being too close
to an airbag when it inflates.
Mr. Cox walks away from these tests, they 'er not painless
and can leave you stunned from being slapped in the face
by an airbag inflating at high speed (some airbags expand
at over 200 miles per hour). When an airbag deploys, what
looks like smoke, is released. It is regular cornstarch
or talcum powder, which is used by the airbag manufacturers
to keep the bags pliable and lubricated while they're in
storage. Contrary to what many people belive the air bag
doesn't use an explosive to deploy, it is actually an extremely
fast chemical reaction.