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

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Honda on Monday confirmed the 11th death linked to the defect in one of its cars in the U.S. Takata airbag ruptures are now linked to 18 deaths worldwide. Ryan Beene,, "Takata air bag recall expands to 2.7 million more in Nissan, Ford, Mazda models," 12 July 2017 Bodies and debris catapulted forward as the driver’s airbag exploded in his face. Keith Gave, Detroit Free Press, "Limousine crash ended Detroit Red Wings' summer of joy after just 6 days," 13 June 2018 But if this truck replaces some vintage Land Cruiser or hoary pickup, the B1 would represent a net safety improvement, airbags or not. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Bollinger B1 Is What You'd Get If You Electrified a Land Rover," 28 Aug. 2018 Rescuers worked for hours with airbags, saws, heavy lifting and other specialized equipment to free him. Skip Foreman, The Seattle Times, "Toppled trees, swift water, have killed many during Florence," 17 Sep. 2018 In 2013, Toyota recalled 800,000 vehicles after spiders crawling inside the air conditioning units caused airbags to deploy. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Toyota recalls a million Prius vehicles citing a fire risk," 6 Sep. 2018 Local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealers' service departments have the parts to make the free Takata airbag repairs for any make of vehicle. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "They've got the replacement airbags — and 1.3 million Florida cars and SUVs need them," 28 June 2018 Below is a partial list of vehicles with airbag components still on back order. Ron Hurtibise,, "Despite danger, airbag parts still on back order for some car models," 18 June 2018 In each case, airbags failed to deploy during a frontal collision, according to the documents. Jamie Ducharme, Fortune, "Airbags Didn't Deploy in 6 Head-On Car Crashes, Officials Say," 17 Mar. 2018

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1782, in the meaning defined above

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

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