Airbags are an important safety system but, they are usually not visible. The driver side airbag is located in the center of the steering wheel and the passenger side airbag is located inside the dashboard.
Almost everyone knows about these airbags but depending on the type of automobile, airbags may also be installed in many other places.
Side airbags that inflate during side collisions are usually located within the seat. Curtain airbags are installed above the side windows, in the headliner, on both sides. Knee airbags are located in front of the legs of the driver and front seat passenger. They are concealed within the steering column or the lower part of the dashboard and deploy during frontal impacts.
There are also airbags for motorcycles. These are installed in front of the gasoline tank, and, in head-on collisions, this restraint system may help keep the driver on the motorcycle.
*The proper name for airbags is “Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)” airbag, and, as their name suggests, are devices that supplement the operation of the seat belts. Only when passengers have their seat belts properly fastened, will the airbags be fully effective.
*This diagram illustrates both current Takata products and products under
development. It does not refer to any existing system already under production.