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Airbag

Airbags combine with the seat belts to reduce the risk of severe head and chest injuries in collisions with a certain severity. If the crash sensors register an impact that exceeds the value needed to trigger the airbags, the airbag control unit ignites the gas generator. This inflates the airbags within 35 to 45 milliseconds. The activated airbags cushion the head and upper body, distributing the forces across as large an area as possible. Just 120 milliseconds later, the gas escapes and the airbag collapses. Optimum protection can only be achieved if the occupants are wearing their seat belts properly, as the airbags and the seat belt tensioners together form a finely tuned safety system. Other available airbags in addition to the ones for the front are side airbags, knee airbags and a head airbag system.