This is what happens when an airbag deploys a hundredth of a second late

Here's a terrifying video that shows the importance of having an airbag that works as it's supposed to versus having an airbag that works... but is a hundredth of a second late. You see one watermelon drop in slow motion and get cradled by the deployment of an airbag versus another watermelon that explodes. » 3/10/15 8:34am 3/10/15 8:34am

Takata Slapped With Fine They Can Easily Afford By NHTSA

Takata, a company that pulled in $1,268,556,432 in revenues in the fourth quarter alone of FY2014, is now being fined $14,000 a day for not fully cooperating with NHTSA in its investigation into why Takata made airbags that could kill people. Everything is terrible. » 2/20/15 1:27pm 2/20/15 1:27pm

Honda Will Replace Your Defective Takata Airbags Nationwide If You Ask

Until today, automakers like Honda assured owners of cars affected by the Takata airbag recall that their vehicles likely wouldn't have shrapnel-filled airbag explosions if they lived in non-humid climates. Needless to say, that's not very reassuring. So today, after pressure from regulators, they'll be replacing all… » 11/18/14 8:30pm 11/18/14 8:30pm

Watch Alpinestars' New Street Airbag System In Action

Report: Takata Destroyed Evidence Of Deadly Airbag Defects In 2004

Japanese airbag supplier Takata faces a global backlash not just because of their defective exploding airbags, but because they knew about the problem for years. Now, a a New York Times report claims Takata officials acted swiftly to cover up the problem after discovering it in secret testing. » 11/07/14 11:22am 11/07/14 11:22am

Remember that list of cars affected by the Takata airbag recalls? NHTSA revised it last night, adding some cars and removing others. The most up-to-date list is here in the updated story. » 10/22/14 9:52am 10/22/14 9:52am

Your Guide To The Explosive Airbag Recall That Affects 14 Million Cars

While the world may be burned out on hearing about automotive recalls after General Motors' acknowledged their ignition switch defect and then recalled just about every car they've made in the last 17 years, drivers now face a safety problem that is far more widespread and possibly even more dangerous. » 9/15/14 3:09pm 9/15/14 3:09pm

This Mini-Documentary About The Airbag Is Fascinating

We take airbags for granted today, being the preferred way for most of us not to slam our faces into windshields and dashboards at speed. But it's easy to forget just how difficult it was to get them in cars a few decades ago. This little NYT Retroreport does a nice job recapping the fight. » 9/15/14 10:20am 9/15/14 10:20am

Some 40,000 Land Rovers Recalled Over Confused Air Bag Systems

2012 to 2013 Land Rover Evoques and 2010 to 2015 Land Rover LR2s, as many as 40,551 SUVs, are being recalled because the cars can't tell if someone's sitting in the front passenger seat. With that system not working correctly, the passenger airbag might not go off in a crash. » 8/15/14 5:30pm 8/15/14 5:30pm

​Watch Dainese Crash A Ducati To Test Its Airbags

Ducati became the first motorcycle manufacturer to integrate Dainese's D-Air airbag system into one of its bikes earlier this year, and now we get to see how the system handles crashing into one its corporate siblings. » 8/07/14 6:57pm 8/07/14 6:57pm

Honda Wants Your Signature So You Know An Airbag Might Kill You

Due of the massive Takata airbag recall, Honda has issued a stop-sale on any new cars that are impacted, but they can't hold back pre-owned vehicles. Some used vehicles are not recalled, but may be affected. Honda is telling dealerships to have customers sign a liability document. » 8/03/14 2:02pm 8/03/14 2:02pm

Takata Prepares To Take $440 Million Hit From Airbag Recalls

My favorite airbags are the ones that do not explode and fire shrapnel at me. Unfortunately, those were not the kinds of airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata. The company now prepares to take a $440 million loss in the second quarter amidst millions of recalls. » 7/18/14 10:27am 7/18/14 10:27am

The Weird Pattern On this Girl's Eyeball Is From an Airbag

Airbags certainly do save lives, but getting hit in the face at 200 mph—even by a bag of air—is not without its consequences. A teenage girl in Michigan got a real eyeful when an inflating airbag actually left its mesh pattern on the surface of her eye. » 6/30/14 8:08pm 6/30/14 8:08pm

Watch This Airbag Slowly Send A Glass Of Water Flying

Airbags are fascinating, but if you see them deploying it's usually because you've crashed and that's not a good thing. Now you don't have to crash to see how they work. » 3/10/14 11:00pm 3/10/14 11:00pm

This Is What It Looks Like When An Airbag Explodes In Your Face

Today we bring you a dashcam video from a far off land, called "America." And what it shows is an airbag randomly exploded right into the middle of some guy's goddamn face, without the driver destroying the car first. Ouch. » 2/16/14 12:00pm 2/16/14 12:00pm

Exploding Shrapnel Airbags Force Recall Of 3.3 Million Japanse Cars

A whopping 3.3 million Hondas, Nissans, Toyotas and Mazdas are being recalled due to a minor little glitch in which the passenger-side airbags send shrapnel flying into the cabin. Doesn't that sound fun? » 4/11/13 11:41am 4/11/13 11:41am

Are Old Airbags Safe?

There I was, explaining to my mom how I had just crashed the family Volvo 240 station wagon into a parked Corolla. "I couldn't have been going that fast, mom, the airbag didn't even go off." » 2/08/13 5:00pm 2/08/13 5:00pm

Watch A Scary Counterfeit Chinese Airbag Blow Up In Someone's Face

If you survive the fiery window switches of doom you're only buying time until you crash and a counterfeit Chinese airbag doesn't explode, thus ending your life prematurely. Or worse, rather than not exploding, it blows up in your face like in the video above. » 10/10/12 12:30pm 10/10/12 12:30pm

Watch A Cadillac CTS-V's Airbags Explode During A Pre-Wedding Autocross

GM Engineer Brad Doerr's fiancée Holly would normally be out on the track with him and their Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon for a day of auto-crossing, but she was a little busy getting primped for the wedding they'd planned just two hours later. So there he was, alone, out on a fairly tame course when all of a sudden his… » 6/05/12 12:30pm 6/05/12 12:30pm