All About Your Vehicle’s Airbags

December 16th, 2016 by

Chevy SafetyYour Chevrolet vehicle is equipped with a variety of advanced airbags that are carefully engineered to protect you in the event of a collision. That said, your airbags won’t always go off in every minor fender bender, or every time you bump into a curb. So how do airbags work? While the concept of an airbag might be simple—it is in fact a lot like a balloon that fills with air—in practice, the airbags in your vehicle are a lot more complicated.

How Do Airbags Work?

Your airbags deploys at around 200 miles per hour. Think about that for a second—or maybe only a fraction of a second—because it only takes around 20 milliseconds for an airbag to inflate completely. Airbags have to inflate that quickly for a very specific reason. If you collide with a wall or another vehicle at 30 mph it takes a bit over 23 milliseconds for you to move through the space between your seat and the steering wheel if you aren’t wearing a seatbelt.

If an airbag deploys it will stop you from smashing into the interior of the vehicle, or worse, from flying out the windshield. That’s why your airbag needs to deploy so rapidly and why a properly working airbag can be a lifesaver.

That’s also why your airbags can be dangerous when deployed inappropriately. In order to avoid unnecessary airbag deployment, every vehicle is equipped with something called a Supplemental Restraint System, which detects vehicle speed, and collision information. This system will tell the airbags to deploy when the time is right, and help avoid any unnecessary deployment.

It’s important to note that once your airbag has deployed, it needs to be replaced. It’s also important to remember that your airbags can only be most effective at preventing injuries if you wear a safety belt. If your airbags have been activated, then visit Chevrolet of Homewood to have your vehicle serviced or repaired right away.

Visit Chevy of Homewood Today

Visit us at 18033 S. Halsted St. in Homewood, IL, or schedule service online now if you’ve been in an accident and your airbags have deployed. We have the proper parts and technology to make sure your vehicle is good as new when it leaves our service center, so visit us today!