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    what speed do airbags come out at?

    and how?
    is a key required?
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    the comes out at aprox 200 mph but thats the older systems, on newer cars the system is highly computer controlled it knows how close to the steering wheel you are and adjusts to suit "very complicated crap" does my head in, the key is so the passanger airbag can be turned off for transporting children in baby chairs (some dont have that option)

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    no...
    my question was meant to say..
    what speed do i need to collide at for my airbag to come out! is it 30mph +??
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    it depends on the angle of impact but 30 mph is the norm

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    It is actually dependent on rate of deceleration whether the airbags deploy, not the speed at which you hit.

    If you drove into a solid concrete barrier at 20 mph then the airbags would probably deploy due to the heavy impact.

    However, if you shot off the road and into a hedge at 40 mph, taking a lot of the hedge with you to slow down (like a work colleague did when he fell asleep at the wheel!!) the airbags won't deploy, due to the slower deceleration.

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