• Sep 25, 2008

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The Autoblog staff probably spends way too much time thinking about cars, and sometimes we find ourselves doing goofy things, as well. We can say that we've never fooled around with triggering air bags, but we're sure there are a few of you out there who have. One such person wanted to see what would happen if he hooked up a steering wheel air bag to a lead acid battery and set it off... while it was sealed inside a home appliance. Luckily for us those thoughtful farmers/junk car collectors caught the action on tape, and it's explosive to say the least.

The first air bag to find it's way into the refrigerator freezer is from an old Saturn, and since the airbag is larger than the confined space within the freezer, we weren't surprised that the door swung open violently. Next up the bat was an older Ford air bag, and we'd rather you saw the ridiculous results than have us explain them to you. Hit the jump to watch a late model Kenmore go nuclear. It's worth your time. For those of you unwilling to sit through the nearly six minutes of painful commentary, the Saturn goes off at about 1:50, and the Ford sends a Bud Light can into orbit at about 3:50. WARNING: There are some colorful words thrown around when the cameraman burns himself on the spent airbag.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the dog was the smartest one in the video....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that Ford Airbag is really an bomb :D

      And nice dog
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is why I refuse to keep driving when one of my passengers insists on keeping their feet on the dash.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I guess if one wanted to break their legs that would be a good way to do it....

        Especially in an old Ford apparently.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No one, but NO ONE puts their feet on the dash of *MY* car. That applied equally to the cars I had before airbags.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy $.hit
      just think what it does to your face.

      thank god for honda advancing the future of the airbag.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've had an airbag go off on me. The worst part is the smell. They fill with gas and they have large vents on them and they're timed in such a way that you hit around the point when they fully inflate. If you're sitting the proper distance back they're no problem at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What they can do to your face is way less than the steering wheel or the dashboard can do in case you crash and hit them with your face.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It'd be fun to be a redneck for a day.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I lived in a place full of rednecks once. I don't think there's a type of person that has more fun, and finds more way to have fun.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Anyone can do it....all you have to do is try.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WTF, makes me want to take mine out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure I've met this dude - the same guy that built the "Redneck Rollercoaster" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd49-yuFNDc ). I had a tour of his farm (the "farm" is a place to hang out with the guys - no crops there) in an old Honda Accord station wagon flying through the bush trails and off jumps. The ride gave me a new appreciation for Hondas. And yes, the redneck rollercoaster was parked out side the garage.

      BTW - the garage is made of poured, reinforced concrete including the door.

      Dave's more than a little bit eccentric.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what an idiot...

      if he loaded both airbags facing the same way he'd have gotten similar results.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can you imagine what the damage would look like if that Ford airbag went off inside that Chinese Brilliant sedan from last year? That A-pillars would have become shrapnel for sure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      nothing better to do in canada i guess? lol

      that is some pretty crazy sh!t though
      • 6 Years Ago
      These airbags are the result of government mandates that required passive restraint systems (the predecessors to the airbag were automated shoulder belts) to prevent unbelted occupants from being ejected from a vehicle.

      This means that the bulk of society, exercising a reasonable sense of self-preservation by using a seatbelt were to be bludgeoned to protect a small section of the population who had made a conscious choice to forgo safety by not wearing a seatbelt. A number of children and smaller adults were killed and many more seriously injured by these bags. Thank God de-powered and dual-stage airbags came about in the mid 1990s. It's demonstrations like this that show how government intervention can get out of hand. I really feel bad for any little old ladies driving these cars around.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I now understand why my brother-in-law is so wealthy. He's an Opthomoligic surgeon in Ohio. He has the Blue Cross contract to reattach retinas caused by air bags. It explains the BMW 6 convertible, Mercedes S convertible, and his work car- Volvo X60
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mercedes S convertible? You mean SL/SLK?
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