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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 and ejector seats, 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.
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.
- In Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Gromit deploys the car's lasso and successfully lassoes the Were-Rabbit. After a bumpy, high-speed tow-along where the car slips, skids and bumps into things, eventually the rope snaps and the Were-Rabbit escapes. Gromit pounds the steering wheel with his fist in disappointment, and that is when the airbag deploys in his face.
- 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.
- In Wreck-It Ralph, the spacecraft ejector seat only works once Ralph has already crash-landed.
- Heavy Metal segment "Soft Landing". An astronaut pilots a car as it enters a planet's atmosphere. After it hits the ground, the astronaut pulls a lever and a parachute deploys.
Film - Live Action
- Played for Laughs in the Inspector Gadget movie when Gadget and Brenda fall off a skyscraper. He frantically tries to find the keyphrase for his parachute and eventually ends up with a Parasol Parachute. They land safely, and then the actual parachute opens.
- In the first Iron Man movie, after Tony tests his first flying armor, he crashes spectacularly, but unharmed (and most certainly not on fire). Then his robot sprays him with a fire extinguisher.
- In Iron Man 2, during the fight with Whiplash in Monaco, Happy Hogan rams him into a crash barricade with Stark's limousine, then backs up to hit him again. On the third impactnote the airbag goes off in Hogan's face.
- In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, during the montage in which the Grinch assembles his rocket sled for the titular scheme, he crash-tests the sled's safety features at one point. After an incredibly gruesome crash that the Grinch survives because he's Made of Iron, he stumbles out of the wreck and groans out that the sled's airbag is "a little slow", and it is right then that the airbag goes off.
- Happened to Hans Moleman on The Simpsons. Zero-Context Example - What happened to him?
- 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.
- One bumper for Johnny Bravo on Cartoon Network has Johnny driving alongside a pretty lady in another car. Johnny is so focused on laying out the schmooze that he fails to avoid a lane divider, and crashes into it. After a moment to assess the damage, Johnny remarks to the Fourth Wall: "Man, I hate women drivers." The airbag deploys at that moment to shut him up.
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