Protect your nuts from airbags

Protect your nuts from airbags

The three of four people that are regular readers of my blog may remember that I recently wrote about airbags, well I’d like to revisit the subject because I think airbags are pretty damn cool. Like most people I never really thought too much about airbags. That changed when I started working for BMW. You see BMW airbags that are new but not fitted to a car have a shelf life as a part of just a few years. The thing is that it’s too dangerous to just throw away an undeployed airbag, so every 6 months or so the gents who worked in the parts department would take the expired airbags off the shelves and deploy them in the car park. Before then I never realised how explosive airbags really are, and after watching a few explode I hoped I’d never experience one up close and personal.

A few years and jobs later I wrote a magazine article about the history of airbags which is either a really boring or a really interesting subject depending on what you’re into. Like a lot of cool stuff airbags began as wartime technology during WW2. Turns out too many allied pilots were getting toasted and training them up was costly and time consuming so further measures were required to protect them. So very basic airbags were fitted to some planes, but these early units kind of sucked and never really got off the ground. Fifteen or twenty years later the car companies started to get behind the idea. During airbag testing at Mercedes canaries were used to check that it’s airbag gases weren’t poisonous by placing a cage full into a car, closing the doors and setting the airbag off. All the canaries survived and probably appreciated the day out from their regular job in the mines. Obviously development continued with 2-stage airbags then passenger airbags then it all went crazy with side, curtain, knee and Mercedes have just got busy again with a bizarre undercar airbag (check it out here).

But for all the hundreds of men who have tested and developed airbags over the years I think it’s safe to say none of them ever felt the need to test an airbag in the same manner as the guy in the video clip below. Ultimately for all my airbag rambling I still can’t compete with this guy for nuts-on, I mean hands-on experience.

I won’t keep you from the lowbrow surprise any longer. Check out the video below and enjoy¦ cause he sure didn’t.

The three of four people that are regular readers of my blog may remember that I recently wrote about airbags, well I’d like to revisit the subject because I think airbags are pretty damn cool. Like most people I never really thought too much about airbags. That changed when I started working for BMW. You see BMW airbags that are new but not fitted to a car have a shelf life as a part of just a few years. The thing is that it’s too dangerous to just throw away an undeployed airbag, so every 6 months or so the gents who worked in the parts department would take the expired airbags off the shelves and deploy them in the car park. Before then I never realised how explosive airbags really are, and after watching a few explode I hoped I’d never experience one up close and personal.

A few years and jobs later I wrote a magazine article about the history of airbags which is either a really boring or a really interesting subject depending on what you’re into. Like a lot of cool stuff airbags began as wartime technology during WW2. Turns out too many allied pilots were getting toasted and training them up was costly and time consuming so further measures were required to protect them. So very basic airbags were fitted to some planes, but these early units kind of sucked and never really got off the ground. Fifteen or twenty years later the car companies started to get behind the idea. During airbag testing at Mercedes canaries were used to check that it’s airbag gases weren’t poisonous by placing a cage full into a car, closing the doors and setting the airbag off. All the canaries survived and probably appreciated the day out from their regular job in the mines. Obviously development continued with 2-stage airbags then passenger airbags then it all went crazy with side, curtain, knee and Mercedes have just got busy again with a bizarre undercar airbag (check it out here).

But for all the hundreds of men who have tested and developed airbags over the years I think it’s safe to say none of them ever felt the need to test an airbag in the same manner as the guy in the video clip below. Ultimately for all my airbag rambling I still can’t compete with this guy for nuts-on, I mean hands-on experience.

I won’t keep you from the lowbrow surprise any longer. Check out the video below and enjoy¦ cause he sure didn’t.

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