There is a car. The car is involved in a close accident, but somehow manages to avoid any kind of major damage. Or perhaps the vehicle is involved in some ridiculously destructive accident - bouncing off other cars, flying off a bridge, etc. Car safely (or eventually as the case may be) comes to a halt. Driver and passenger may share a relieved glance and a sigh that it's over. Then the airbags go "FOOM!" This also happens a lot with parachutes, for a similar comedic effect. Totally not Truth in Television, since airbags don't work that way. And neither do parachutes. Always supposed to be funny. Definitely not to be confused with Funbag Airbag.
Examples:Film - Animated
- In the Monsters, Inc. short film "Mike's New Car", after Mike finally Offscreen Crashes the thing, Sully comments "Hmm, that's funny...the airbag didn't go off." Airbags immediately go off, apparently with enough force to send Mike flying.
- This happened to Gromit in Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
- In Jonah: A Veggietales Movie, the bus filled with produce heading to a concert, after a scene of downhill driving, finally stops when the airbags go off, much to Bob's dismay. The commentary "starring" Larry and Mr. Lunt even points out this trope and mentions how the children didn't have the then-new side airbags.
- Happened to Hans Moleman on The Simpsons.
- In the Disney short "Goofy's Glider", Goofy is told to count to ten before deploying his chute, but he takes so long to count that he's already hit the ground by then.
- A delayed parachute gag example from Batman: The Animated Series: After crashing a plane, the Joker stumbles out of the flaming wreck (without a scratch naturally) only for his parachute to go off.
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