Airbags have been a great help in reducing vehicles fatalities. Thousands of lives have been saved since airbags became standard on most vehicles. The airbag is triggered when a sensor detects extreme deceleration. This causes an explosive charge to fill the airbag in milliseconds, and it inflates and surrounds the vehicle's occupants and prevents them from violently jerking forward.
The good news is they work in the vast majority of instances, as they should. But during the last 10 years, some airbags from the manufacturer Takata have exploded and injured or killed motorists in the vehicles during car accidents.
This has now led to an enormous recall by auto manufacturers, which now stretches to encompass 7.8 million vehicles.