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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Footage from San Diego News Video showed a white van on its side, and a white sedan with a crumpled front end and its airbags deployed. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Driver slams into parked cars along residential Encanto street," 27 June 2019 The air bag is five to eight times the size of a driver airbag, depending on the side of the vehicle. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Exterior airbag could be the next big thing in auto safety. Here's how it works," 10 June 2019 The air bag is five to eight times the size of a driver airbag, depending on the side of the vehicle. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Bubble-wrap for your car? Exterior airbags would limit crash injuries," 8 June 2019 The 2009 Malibu, while also a wreck, left its dummy in much better shape, thanks to seatbelts, airbags, and energy-absorbing crash structures. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This institute crash-tests cars to make us all safer," 29 May 2019 Officers found the vehicle with significant body damage, impact damage to the windshield and airbag deployments, and initially believed the scene to have been a crash. Samantha Swindler,, "Prowler may have stolen undergarments: Forest Grove police log," 30 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of airbag

1782, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of air bag

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

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