2017 Fusion Sport, 401A, Driver Assistance Package ; 1999 Expedition 5.4 4x4
It wasn't very involved, likely cause our heads didn't interact with them. My body stayed straight the entire time. It was a slide, the moment of realizing the car won't redirect in time, bracing, then the car impacted and the air bags go off. It was rather loud, like a 9mm shot close to you. The worst thing was the smoke from them. My girlfriend was coughing an hour later, likely since she has more sensitive lungs than me.Does it hurt when they go off? I've always wondered what that's like. I've been told they can really tear you up but I think that's more true of the older ones than more modern ones like our cars. I think our cars will evaluate a bunch of things including velocity, driver and passenger weights, how close your seat is to the dash, all kinds of stuff then set off a detonation of the appropriate power level to inflate the bags. So theoretically it shouldn't use any more force than absolutely needed. I do remember being told by an engineering lead of a prototype team that the original air bags went off with the same force as a shotgun blast, so they were pretty rough at first, and didn't have all the computer stuff ours do.
Deeply unpleasant experience, but not too bad. I'm sure my tune would be different had the front bags fired.