air·​bag | \ ˈer-ˌbag How to pronounce airbag (audio) \
variants: or air bag

Definition of airbag

: a bag that is inflated with air typically for use as a cushion or safety device especially : such a bag installed in an automobile as a safety device designed to inflate automatically in case of collision

Examples of airbag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this isn’t the first airbag patent that shows Apple is taking passenger safety seriously. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 June 2021 Nissan will be replacing the passenger-side airbag module and the front passenger seatbelt and will update the related software, according to a Nissan spokesperson. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, 3 Mar. 2021 The problem affects 2015–2020 A3 and S3 vehicles and could lead to the airbag shutting itself off even if a person is occupying the passenger seat. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, 27 Mar. 2021 It’s also not street-legal as its airbag was ripped out for production. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 6 May 2021 The driver's face slammed into the steering wheel even after the airbag deployed. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 13 Apr. 2021 In the event of an accident, a 360-degree cocoon airbag deploys to completely encompass both the seat and its occupant for maximum protection. Dan Carney And Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, 3 Dec. 2020 Lee was equipped with a full set of avalanche safety gear, including an avalanche beacon, rescue probe, shovel, harness and avalanche airbag system, McDaniel said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Apr. 2021 Volkswagen is recalling more than 150,000 Audi cars because of concerns that the passenger side airbag might not activate, according to Reuters and Bloomberg reports. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2021

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1782, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2021

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“Airbag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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Kids Definition of airbag

: an automobile safety device consisting of a bag that inflates to cushion a rider in an accident


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