There are many diferent types of airbags.
The most commonly available option, front airbags protect you in head-on or frontal crashes. There are different types of front airbags:
Side impact airbags inflate in a side-on crash to protect people on the crashed side. Side torso (chest protecting) airbags protect the torso area only and are usually stored in the seat by the door. Side torso and head airbags also provide head protection.
Side curtain airbags are stored behind the roof trim, above the doors. They usually cover front and rear windows when they inflate, protecting people in both seats.
Head side airbags protect your head from coming into contact with the object you've hit - such as trees and poles. They can prevent fatalities that would otherwise be inevitable in this type of crash.
Knee airbags are a new safety feature that help to keep people in their seated position during a front-on crash. There are two types of knee airbags:
Airbags can cause injury. To reduce this risk, newer airbags inflate more slowly. Some adjust to different types of crash or passenger size.
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