Video: How airbags work

May 1, 2018, American Chemical Society
Credit: The American Chemical Scoiety

Normally, something blowing up in your face is bad. But in the event of a vehicle accident, and in conjunction with a seatbelt, one particular explosion could very well save your life. It's the chemical reaction that inflates your airbags.

In this episode of Reactions, learn about the past and present of vehicle airbags and the lifesaving chemistry and physics that make them work:

Explore further: The airbag listens too

Related Stories

The airbag listens too

May 3, 2005

New airbag sensor recognizes the seriousness of a crash from the noise From 2007, airbags in our cars will start to listen: The automotive supplier Siemens VDO Automotive AG has developed a sensor that monitors the vibrations ...

Recommended for you

Researchers discover new material to help power electronics

March 18, 2019

Electronics rule our world, but electrons rule our electronics. A research team at The Ohio State University has discovered a way to simplify how electronic devices use those electrons—using a material that can serve dual ...

Semimetals are high conductors

March 18, 2019

Researchers in China and at UC Davis have measured high conductivity in very thin layers of niobium arsenide, a type of material called a Weyl semimetal. The material has about three times the conductivity of copper at room ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.