Buick LaCrosse: What Makes an Airbag Inflate? - Airbag System - Seats and Restraints - Buick LaCrosse Owners ManualBuick LaCrosse: What Makes an Airbag Inflate?

In a deployment event, the sensing system sends an electrical signal triggering a release of gas from the inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the airbag causing the bag to break out of the cover. The inflator, the airbag, and related hardware are all part of the airbag module.

For airbag location, see Where Are the Airbags?.

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