How Do Airbags Work?

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Reactions Science Videos | May 01, 2018

If you’re in a car accident, you want to be sure your airbags protect you. And they work because of chemistry, with some physics thrown in. This week on Reactions, we’re talking the science of airbags. And remember: Airbags are meant to work in conjunction with seatbelts, so buckle up! Check to see if your car is part of the Takata airbag recall: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls

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