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Door-and seat-mounted airbag

These Airbags are head-protecting curtain airbags deployed from the door and seat-mounted torso and pelvis protecting airbags.

Head-protecting curtain airbag

They are also head-protecting curtain airbags, which deploy from the roof rail, and a seat-mounted torso-protecting airbag.

Head-torso-pelvis airbag

Torso side airbags are generally seat or door-mounted torso and pelvis - protecting airbags, mounted within the seat back or within the door panel sideways to the occupant.

Combination airbag

A combination airbag protects the head and the body from the shoulders down to the hip deploying from the seatback.

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Airbags are one of the most significant safety inventions of recent decades.

  • Airbags offer essential cushioning for people during an accident. They're normally hidden but blow up immediately when a crash begins.
  • Front airbags have been needed in all new passenger vehicles since 1999.
  • Side airbags aren't particularly compulsory, but almost all manufacturers include them as standard tools in order to meet federal side protection requirements.

Both front & side airbags save lives

  • Front airbags reduce driver casualties in front crashes by 29% and casualties of front-seat passengers aged 13 and older by 32%.
  • Side airbags that protect the head, reduce a car driver's death toll in driver-side crashes by 37% and an SUV driver's toll by 52%.
Engineers keep finding new ideas to use airbags.

  • Rear-window curtain airbags are created to protect people in back seats in rear-end crashes.
  • Far-side airbags keep drivers and front-seat passengers from hitting each other in an accident.
  • Inflatable safety belts are intended at reducing rear-seat chest injuries.

How front airbags and side airbags work

Airbags are inflatable cushions built into a vehicle that safeguard passengers from hitting the vehicle interior or objects outside the vehicle (for example, other vehicles or trees) during a crash.

Front airbags are created to blow up in lessening to severe frontal crashes to stop a person's head and chest from contacting hard structures in the vehicle.

Front airbags

Since 1999, the federal government has wanted automakers to install driver and passenger airbags for frontal impact safety in all cars, light trucks, and vans.

Front airbags are planned to inflate in lessen to severe frontal crashes to prevent a person's head and chest from contacting hard structures in the vehicle.

They offer the most safety when occupants are wearing safety belts and sitting properly in the seat but are created to provide protection for all passengers.

Recently manufactured airbags have a safety belt sensor and use an algorithm to decide whether to deploy the bag in a given accident, depending on whether people are using safety belts.

Normally, a front airbag will deploy for unbelted occupants when the crash is equal to an impact into a hard wall at 10-12 mph. Most airbags will blow up at a higher threshold — about 16 mph — for belted passengers because the belts alone are likely to provide enough protection up to these moderate speeds.

Front airbags may deploy to help safeguard occupants in side impacts if there is sufficient forward motion during the crash.

The steering wheel contains the driver's airbag. The passenger airbag is located on the dashboard.

Side airbags

Head- and chest-protection side airbags are designed to provide safety to the inside crashes to prevent people's heads and chests from contacting intrusive parts of vehicle side structure, such as striking a car or an object like a tree or pole. Side airbags cushion and disseminate a load of impacts to protect any part of the body from sustaining intense impact forces.

A head-protecting side airbag is extremely important because it may be the only thing between the occupant's head and the striking vehicle since window glass can smash in a crash.

Because of the tiny space between a passenger and the side of the vehicle, side airbags must deploy very quickly, generally within the first 10-20 milliseconds of a side crash. Deployment thresholds can be as low as 8 mph for narrow object crashes (e.g., trees and poles) and 18 mph for the more broadly shared side impacts (vehicle-to-vehicle crashes). Side airbags also blow up in certain kinds of front crashes.

A federal rule on side-impact protection needs a certain level of head and torso protection for all occupants. While it isn't specifically compulsory to have side airbags, the required safety is generally achieved with them. As of the 2014 model year, virtually all new passenger vehicles must obey this rule. As a result, the enormous majority of passenger vehicles come with side airbags as standard equipment.

Different types of side airbag systems

Combination airbag

A combination airbag, blown up from the seatback, provides protection for the head and torso.

Head-protecting curtain airbag

A head-protecting curtain airbag, which blows up from the roof rail, and a seat-mounted torso-protecting airbag

Head-torso-pelvis airbag

A head-protection curtain airbag and seat-mounted torso and pelvis-protecting airbag

Door- and seat-mounted airbag

A head-protecting curtain airbag blow up from the door and the seat-mounted torso and a pelvis-protecting airbag

Airbag innovations

Inflatable seat belts

In 2011 Ford rolled out an inflatable seat belt aimed at reduction in rear-seat injuries. The inflatable seat belt is designed to improve protection for adults and for children using booster seats or seat belts. In a crash, the shoulder belt inflates, distributing crash forces over the torso and chest.

The inflatable belts are now available as optional equipment in the outboard second-row seating positions of several Lincoln and Ford vehicles. The Mercedes Benz S-Class has the standard inflatable belts.

Far-side airbag

Also called the front-center airbag, the far-side airbag is created to safeguard front passengers from contacting each other during side-impact crashes and to maintain occupant position in far-side or rollover accidents. General Motors was the first to present the front-center airbag in 2013.

Toyota has developed a similar concept aimed at rear-seat occupant safety that deploys from the rear row's center console.

In 2020, EuroNCAP presented a new side crash test to promote far-side airbags. A far-side airbag is now available on the GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse, Genesis G80, Genesis GV80, and Buick Enclave.

Panoramic sunroof airbag

In 2017, Hyundai Mobis, an automotive provider, launched the first panoramic roof curtain airbag. It is designed to prevent the ejection of passengers through the sunroof during rollovers.

NHTSA has detected 260 passengers ejected through sunroofs from 2000-2015 and the problem is anticipated to grow as panoramic sunroofs become more popular.

Many design challenges delayed the execution of these kinds of airbags in vehicles. The airbag must properly deploy with the sunroof open or closed and be kept in the headliner without interfering with headroom or visibility.

Seat cushion airbag

Seat cushion airbags are created to lower the forces on an occupant's chest and abdomen by controlling the movement of the occupant's body. Currently, The Toyota Yaris contains the seat cushion airbag.

Rear seat airbag

Rear seat airbags are being developed to give head protection for rear occupants. Rear seat airbags are placed in the back of the front seat and deploy with less force than traditional airbags. They are only partially inflated, unlike normal, full-powered airbags, so even if the airbags touch objects or child seats, they deflect instead of striking them. Mercedes-Benz is planning to launch this optional airbag on the next generation of S-Class.

Flexible seating airbag systems

Future vehicles with flexible seating facilities (reclining seats, campfire configurations, etc.) will need innovative airbag systems for safety. Airbag providers are developing seat-mounted airbag systems that provide cocoon-like protection for occupants. Two examples are Joyson’s Embrace and Autoliv’s Life Cell airbags.

Precrash external side airbag system

The external side airbag, created by ZF, is developed to reduce crash forces on a vehicle during side crashes. This airbag employs precrash sensors to detect an imminent side impact and deploys a big external airbag from under the side sill of the vehicle to cover the driver and rear passenger doors. When inflated, it is nearly the size of a life raft. There are now no production vehicles with this technology.

External hood airbag

Volvo introduced the first hood airbag designed for pedestrian protection. When a crash with a pedestrian is detected, an external airbag deploys from under the hood of the vehicle and covers the rigid parts of the windshield and the A-pillar, locations where pedestrians often strike. Volvo V40 has the standard pedestrian hood airbag, available only in Europe, starting with the 2013 model year.

How do airbags work?

Steering Wheel Airbag

The driver's airbag is made up of several elements of steel housing, a cylinder filled with gas, the vinyl airbag cover, and the airbag pack. When the airbag module gets the deployment signal the igniter switch starts a chemical reaction which then blows up the airbag pack in fractions of a second.

Steering Wheel Airbag Types

There are several types of driver airbags. The most well-known are shown above. The dual-stage has two plugs with four wires that lead to a single connector and a single stage-airbag has a single plug or connector. Also, there are three and four-spoke driver-side airbags. See the exemplifications above for an example of the two.

Virtually all new cars have airbags, and they’re saving lives and reducing death tolls. They’re reducing the driver deaths toll by about 14%, and passenger bags reduce the death toll by about 11%. People may think they don’t need airbags because they use safety belts. But they do. Lap/shoulder belts and Airbags work together as a system, and one without the other isn’t as effective. Death rates are 12% lower among drivers with belts and 9% lower among belted passengers.

Car Airbag Replacement Parts (OEM)

Airbag replacement parts for domestic car manufacturers. Our top sellers are Chevy, Ford, Chrysler, and GMC. We also distribute foreign cars' airbags. Some of our top sellers are Toyota, Honda, VW, Mercedes & Mazda airbags.

The following is a list of the airbag parts that we carry

Domestic Car Airbag Parts

  • Buick Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Cadillac Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Chrysler Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Chevy Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Dodge Airbag Replacement Parts
  • GMC Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Jeep Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Lincoln Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Mercury Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Oldsmobile Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Plymouth Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Pontiac Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Saturn Airbag Replacement Parts

Foreign Car Airbag Parts

  • Acura Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Audi Airbag Replacement Parts
  • BMW Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Daewoo Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Hyundai Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Infiniti Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Isuzu Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Jaguar Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Kia Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Landrover Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Lexus Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Mazda Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Mercedes Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Mitsubishi Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Porsche Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Nissan Airbag Replacement Parts
  • SAAB Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Scion Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Subaru Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Suzuki Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Toyota Airbag Replacement Parts
  • Volvo Airbag Replacement Parts
  • VW Airbag Replacement Parts

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are your airbags OEM?

Yes, all the airbags we sell are OEM ( Original Equipment Manufacturer ).

Are your airbags remanufactured?

No, we do not replace or repair any parts of the airbags. They are exactly what was in your car and are original when you bought them. The airbags we sell are undeployed and used because they are from the same year as the ones in your vehicle. for example, If you own a Ford 1999 Mustang, then we would sell you an undeployed used airbag that was manufactured in 1999. Again, these are the same airbags that were in your car and performed just fine during your crash. If you purchase one from the dealer and it has been kept on the shelf since 1999, then in essence you are buying a used airbag.

Are your airbags used?

Yes, we sell our airbags as used because some come from other donor cars. But, we have an ownership inspection process and each part is inspected to make sure they are in its original condition.

What airbags are used?

Our airbags are categorized as used because we are not - in the example, a Chevy Dealer or Ford Dealer, etc. Nevertheless, some of our products are new and we must label them as used. In addition, we sell airbags that have been in a car before but never deployed. However, every part we sell is an OEM ( Original Equipment Manufacturer ). It is used since time has elapsed. So you see - your car's airbags were employed as well and they performed fine. What we do as a company is to make sure that the parts of the airbags we sell are in actual condition. It is our awareness of detail that has earned us a top-notch reputation from auto rebuilders worldwide.

Why is my airbag light on or flashing?

The flashing airbag light means that the restraint control module, which includes the sensors, has recognized a fault in the system and has deactivated the airbag and pretensioners. A scan tool can examine the system to identify the precise fault code. In fact, the next time you switch on the key, observe the airbag light and try to identify the "lamp fault code" that is flashing. The "LFC" arrangement might help you identify the specific problem with the system. For example, a sequence of one flash followed by six flashes indicates a problem with the passenger-side airbag.

Why are my seat belts locked?

Seat belt pre-tensioners were installed on vehicles beginning as early as 1999. These pre-tensioners act in arrangement with the airbag system in your car. Therefore, whenever you have met with an accident the pre-tensioners fire off pulling you back in your seat delivering a safer distance from the airbags. Seat belt pre-tensioners have a much faster response time than the older seat belt versions making for a much safer product. However, once the tensioner is activated it locks the seat belt straps and they are no longer useful and therefore, must either be rebuilt or replaced.

Can my seat belts be repaired?

Yes, in most cases we can rebuild your original seat belts by replacing your pre-tensioner and replacing the necessary elements making your seatbelts fully usable and at a price that is more inexpensive than a new replacement at the dealer.

Do I have to replace my front impact sensors?

It all depends on the intensity of the crash. However, in maximum cases, the front impact sensors are reusable unless they have been physically damaged or the wire leading to it has been furrowed by metal. You can replace all airbag parts and if the light is still flashing a sensor code you can test the wire for continuity or replace the sensor if required to be. However, in most cases, you can reuse the impact sensor.

Where is my car's airbag module located?

The control module is also called the 591, diagnostic unit, airbag computer, diagnostic sensor, and DERM unit, and it is located in many other parts of the car. We need to know the year, make and model of the vehicle to be able to tell you where to search for your module.

Do I have to replace my control module?

The control module is also called the 591, diagnostic unit, airbag computer, diagnostic sensor, DERM unit, and some others. Regardless of what you call it, after a crash the control module must either be replaced or reprogrammed. However, in most Chrysler models the control module will reset itself after you have replaced all the airbags in your car.

Can I replace just the driver's airbag?

First of all, anytime any element of the SRS system in your car is missing the airbag light will show that your airbags are not active. Second, leaving an open circuit (connectors not connected) can cause a flawed ground and accidentally activate the airbag that is installed, even while you are driving. Therefore, all of the airbag parts must be reinstalled to factory spec.

Do I have to replace the clockspring?

The clock spring is also called the coil spring. Its job is to supply electrical continuity as the steering wheel is alternated. When the driver's airbag is deployed the chemical reaction that arises heats the gas cylinder and the connector from the clock spring is dissolved. If this happens, then you have no option and the clock spring should be replaced. However, more recent style connectors survive the heat transfer and the clock-spring can be recycled. So, in order to decide whether you are required to replace your clock spring or not. You must take out the driver-side airbag and see if the connector connected to the airbag cylinder is dissolved and merged together. Similarly, all connectors that attach to airbag parts have a locking mechanism and therefore, you must remove the lock prior to dividing the male and female connectors.

Are the vinyl covers included with my airbags?

The steering wheel airbag always comes with a vinyl cover, however, some manufacturers have integrated the passenger airbag underneath the dash. This type of passenger airbag is referred to as an "Inner bag" and the dash is sold individually from the passenger airbag. Although most passenger airbags do include the cover several new models require that the whole dashboard be replaced.

Is the control module included with my purchase?

As with most companies, all parts are sold individually and the airbag control module is not included in the price of any airbag shop.

How fast do you have to drive for airbags to deploy?

There is no fixed answer to this question. What we understand is that you should have both deceleration and impact for airbags to deploy. Nevertheless, this could happen even at a very low speed, such as five miles per hour.


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