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There were no airbags on the first Model T’s that rolled off the line over a century ago, but airbags have become one of the most commonly found features on today’s modern cars. But while airbags may seem simple in design, they are actually quite deceptively complex in how they operate.

Airbags activate in 50/1000ths of a second. That’s 25% of the time it takes a hummingbird to flap its wings once! They also have to deflate immediately in order to not injure or kill the driver. Watch this video to go inside the airbag testing and manufacturing process to learn more about these life-saving safety features.

If you experience a situation in which your airbag deploys, Michael J’s Body Shop is your source for expert auto body repairs. Our collision repair center will restore your car to its pre-accident condition and work with you on insurance issues. Contact us online or call 408-279-2070 to talk to one of our friendly and experienced collision repair specialists.