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All The Possible Airbag Placements In Cars, Explained | The Safety Baloon

Even though the world has witnessed a huge number of deaths during the Covid Pandemic, the reality is that road accidents claim more lives every year. But despite such a shocking statistic, several lives are saved due to safety systems such as seat belts and srs airbags. That’s why it’s important to know all about them. So here’s what an airbag is, and where it’s located in your car.

What is an SRS Airbag?

Frontal airbags
Frontal airbags

If you are wondering about the white balloon that’s the center of attention today, then we are here to tell you all about it. Hailed to be amongst one of the most revolutionary vehicle safety inventions of all time, an SRS (Supplementary Restraint System) Airbag is a single-use safety-restrain cushion that is designed to inflate when your car undergoes a collision/impact.

John W.Hetrick airbag mechanism
John W.Hetrick airbag mechanism

Upon collision, the SRS Airbag inflates to offer a cushiony and soft restraint between the passenger or driver and the vehicle’s interiors; hitting which can turn out to be extremely fatal in absence of airbags. The Airbag after inflating slowly deflates, and must then be replaced. Located at multiple locations within your car, the job of the airbag is paramount in ensuring you are safe from trauma injuries during an accident.

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Where are SRS Airbags Located?

Is The Car Safe Enough?
Multiple Airbags

Over the years, Airbags have become more and more important to Indian consumers. In fact, Airbags are so integral to vehicle safety that on 14th January 2022, it was announced that it will soon be compulsory for OEMs to offer a minimum of six airbags in cars that can carry up to 8 passengers, indirectly including all M1 vehicles within the preview of the rule.  And since we are talking about several airbags, here’s where most of them are located:

Frontal Airbags

Frontal Airbags
  • Driver Side Airbag: This airbag is typically located behind the steering and prevents the driver from traumatic injuries.
  • Passenger Side Airbag: This airbag is usually located behind the dashboard, parallel to the passenger seat. This Airbag protects the passenger from injuries.
  • Knee Airbags:  This airbag is usually located beneath the steering and behind the dash panel. Knee Airbags offer additional protection for the driver and passenger’s knees in an accident.
  • Door Mounted/Seat-Mounted Airbags: These airbags are mounted behind the door and on the outboard of the seats in high-end cars to offer maximum protection.

Side Airbags

SRS Airbag Operation
Side SRS Airbags
  • Curtain Airbags: These Airbags are placed beneath the roof rail, and come down like a curtain to offer maximum protection for all the occupants in case of an accident and prevent the head from hitting the window.
  • Torso Airbags: These are Airbags that are mounted at the side of the seat, and inflate to protect the torso region of the occupants in case of a side collision.
  • Combination Airbags: These airbags are a combo of torso and curtain airbags that are triggered together to provide more protection.

So this was all about Airbag placement, the next time you drive make sure to put on the seat belt so that the Airbags can work well to protect you in case things go south. Till then stay pinned to the GoMechanic Blog.

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Related: Cars In India Will Soon Need To Have 6 Airbags

Sankul Nagpal
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