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Airbag


An airbag, also known as a Supplementary/Secondary Restraint System (SRS) or as an Air Cushion Restraint System (ACRS).



An airbag, also known as a Supplementary/Secondary Restraint System (SRS) or as an Air Cushion Restraint System (ACRS), is a flexible membrane or envelope, inflatable to contain air or some other gas. Air bags are most commonly used for cushioning, in particular after very rapid inflation in the case of an automobile collision.


Benefits


Air bags supplement the safety belt by reducing the chance that the occupant's head and upper body will strike some part of the vehicle's interior. They also help reduce the risk of serious injury by distributing crash forces more evenly across the occupant's body


Costs


Airbags cost about $500 (USD) per vehicle. If they are deployed in error or stolen, the motorist is required to repurchase them. Since they are an integral part of the vehicle design, it is not possible to retrofit airbags to a vehicle that does not have them.

Most manufacturers specify the replacement of undeployed airbags after, for example, 14 years (VAG cars) to ensure their reliability in an accident. If the car is still on the road at this age, it would generally cost far more than the vehicle's market value to have the airbags replaced.


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