- airbags are powered by explosive charges and are very dangerous,
so they require extremely careful handling. Read the workshop manual
before commencing any overhaul.
pictures show a european specification Freelander I passenger
airbag being detonated.
This frame shows the unit
just before detonation
30ms later, the bag is inflating
at over 200mph
30ms after that, the bag
is fully inflated with 120 litres of gas
A few frames later, the bag is beginning
animated sequence, at 1/10th actual speed, shows the airbag being
detonated. Watch how the force of the explosion causes the unit,
vice and bench to deflect! You can also see the gas venting through
the holes on the underside of the bag.