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Old 05-13-2003, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default YACT: Best way to deploy an Airbag, without hitting anything....

How do you get those suckers to go off? I have an old car and I want to make the bag go off. You know, just for kicks and giggles. Any ideas?
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Old 05-13-2003, 10:59 PM   #2
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Uh..... that is a terrible idea. Airbag's aren't toys, they can do some serious damage, not to mention that they mess up the interior of your car with all that dust.
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:00 PM   #3
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Whatever you do, take the airbag out of the car and set it off in an open area...

When the airbag goes off it also releases a lot of chemicals... stinks like hell...
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:01 PM   #4
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Uh..... that is a terrible idea. Airbag's aren't toys, they can do some serious damage, not to mention that they mess up the interior of your car with all that dust.
Mess isnt a problem. I want to do it without beign behind the wheel. Like from a distance or something. A bag comming at me a 600mph does not apeal to me.
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:01 PM   #5
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Pound on the bumper with a sledge... that is where the air bag sensors are located.
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:05 PM   #6
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Pound on the bumper with a sledge... that is where the air bag sensors are located.
You sure? I thought the airbag sensors are located at the front of the car so it would deploy during impact...
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:07 PM   #7
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Pound on the bumper with a sledge... that is where the air bag sensors are located.
You sure? I thought the airbag sensors are located at the front of the car so it would deploy during impact...
Well, then don't pound on the rear bumper, try the front bumper. I think the impact might just do it.
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:08 PM   #8
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you need the car to be hitting a stationary object at some speed to get the air bag sensors to deploy. pounding on the bumper may work..but you gotta give it the same force as a car hitting a wall at 10mph. thats not possible with a sledgehammer. you'd have to swing that sucker at 1000mph. (assuming 2000 pound car and 20 pound sledge)

check your car's service manual to figure out where the airbag sensors are located. they can be triggered electronically too. best bet would be to roll your car and hit something.

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Old 05-13-2003, 11:10 PM   #9
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This is simple, disconnect the battery and locate one of the airbag triggers in the front of the car. Cut the 2 wires and add wire to then for distance if important and connect to a switch. Reconect the battery and throw the switch anytime you want a surprise.
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:13 PM   #10
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Most cars have built in safety features that keep the airbag from deploying unless you are going a certain speed (20-30 MPH comes to mind, but not for sure).

Wouldn't you be better off taking it out and getting a few bucks out of it?
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:14 PM   #11
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:16 PM   #12
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Jesus, whatever you do, don't try to take it of of the car yourself unless you REALLY know what you're doing. Unless want to be in the running for a Darwin award.

And I really doubt that you can hit the bumper hard enough with a sledge to get it to happen.

Best bet ... get another old beater without an airbag and run into it
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:16 PM   #13
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I don't see any possible entertainment value in setting off an airbag...
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:27 PM   #14
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Jesus, whatever you do, don't try to take it of of the car yourself unless you REALLY know what you're doing. Unless want to be in the running for a Darwin award.

And I really doubt that you can hit the bumper hard enough with a sledge to get it to happen.

Best bet ... get another old beater without an airbag and run into it
Removing airbags is simple and as long as you disconnect the battery to prevent accidental firing then you won't have any problems.

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Old 05-13-2003, 11:29 PM   #15
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Removing airbags is simple and as long as you disconnect the battery to prevent accidental firing then you won't have any problems.
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:31 PM   #16
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Jesus, whatever you do, don't try to take it of of the car yourself unless you REALLY know what you're doing. Unless want to be in the running for a Darwin award.

And I really doubt that you can hit the bumper hard enough with a sledge to get it to happen.

Best bet ... get another old beater without an airbag and run into it
Removing airbags is simple and as long as you disconnect the battery to prevent accidental firing then you won't have any problems.
Yep, I did it on my car as well... just disconnect the battery and you should be fine...
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:37 PM   #17
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maybe when the airbag explodes, it'll be full of POPCORN!

ala jiffy pop, SNL style
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Old 07-02-2015, 06:31 PM   #18
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Exclamation Best way to deploy an airbag is not to.

Unless you have proper testing facilities, it is not a very smart idea. Airbags will not deploy by hitting a parked car. Newer models even have sensors in the seats that will not allow deployment if seat sensors are not activated by a large enough person sitting in the seat. My parked 2009 vehicle with airbags all over did not have any deployment while being hit by a 4,000 lb. forklift head on at around 15mph. A sledgehammer on one sensor will not set one off. The best way though is to know electronics, have the capacity and the tools to remove the airbag from the vehicle, have a safe area well beyond the air bags explosion radius for deployment, have a safe ignition bunker, and know the laws where you plan to detonate. Triggering an airbag is difficult even more so with all the safety features on modern ones. They are designed to only deploy to prevent serious or fatal injuries to the occupants of the seat. Fires and hammers will not work. Accelerometers, wheel rotation, seat sensors, angle of impact, crumple zones, and so many other parameters must be met for an airbag to deploy in modern vehicles.
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:31 PM   #19
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You know, just for kicks and giggles. Any ideas?
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:44 PM   #20
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Microwave.
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stab it a few times with a knife.
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Unless you have proper testing facilities, it is not a very smart idea. Airbags will not deploy by hitting a parked car. Newer models even have sensors in the seats that will not allow deployment if seat sensors are not activated by a large enough person sitting in the seat. My parked 2009 vehicle with airbags all over did not have any deployment while being hit by a 4,000 lb. forklift head on at around 15mph. A sledgehammer on one sensor will not set one off. The best way though is to know electronics, have the capacity and the tools to remove the airbag from the vehicle, have a safe area well beyond the air bags explosion radius for deployment, have a safe ignition bunker, and know the laws where you plan to detonate. Triggering an airbag is difficult even more so with all the safety features on modern ones. They are designed to only deploy to prevent serious or fatal injuries to the occupants of the seat. Fires and hammers will not work. Accelerometers, wheel rotation, seat sensors, angle of impact, crumple zones, and so many other parameters must be met for an airbag to deploy in modern vehicles.
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Unless you have proper testing facilities, it is not a very smart idea. Airbags will not deploy by hitting a parked car. Newer models even have sensors in the seats that will not allow deployment if seat sensors are not activated by a large enough person sitting in the seat. My parked 2009 vehicle with airbags all over did not have any deployment while being hit by a 4,000 lb. forklift head on at around 15mph. A sledgehammer on one sensor will not set one off. The best way though is to know electronics, have the capacity and the tools to remove the airbag from the vehicle, have a safe area well beyond the air bags explosion radius for deployment, have a safe ignition bunker, and know the laws where you plan to detonate. Triggering an airbag is difficult even more so with all the safety features on modern ones. They are designed to only deploy to prevent serious or fatal injuries to the occupants of the seat. Fires and hammers will not work. Accelerometers, wheel rotation, seat sensors, angle of impact, crumple zones, and so many other parameters must be met for an airbag to deploy in modern vehicles.

Sounds like a full blown crash test is in order then. OP please record.

Seriously though that has to be one of the most fun jobs, testing stuff like this. Yeah the actual paper work part would be boring but you still get to crash or blow stuff up!
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Testing satellite shit with accelormeters and det cord was fun.

Miss those days.
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