Trainer's Guide - Stored Gas Inflators: Locations & Challenges

  Subject: Airbag Stored Gas Inflator Update Topic: Stored Gas Inflators: Locations & Challenges Objective: Understand late-model vehicle use of stored gas inflators for airbag systems and the challenges presented by these inflators Task: The rescue team shall be able to scan the...


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Subject: Airbag Stored Gas Inflator Update

Topic: Stored Gas Inflators: Locations & Challenges

Objective: Understand late-model vehicle use of stored gas inflators for airbag systems and the challenges presented by these inflators

Task:The rescue team shall be able to scan the interior of a crash-damaged vehicle to determine the presence of airbag systems and take action to identify the exact location of all stored gas inflators within the late-model vehicle

As the various types of occupant airbag systems continue to grow, rescue personnel are challenged by the need to determine where the airbags are in a crash-damaged vehicle. Along with efforts to initially determine the existence of airbags, especially the non-deployed ones, comes the challenge of locating the individual stored gas inflators that support most of these airbag systems. Any task involving roof, side, or now even dash and instrument-panel evolutions must consider these inflators.

This University of Extrication column visually explains some potentially unexpected locations for the inflators and the challenges that may be present because of them.

TASK: The rescue team shall be able to scan the interior of a crash-damaged vehicle to determine the presence of airbag systems and take action to identify the exact location of all stored gas inflators within the late-model vehicle

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