My new (well, new to me; it’s a '99) car has airbags, so I’ve been reading up on them. I hear that they can give you bruises and abrasions on your face, and they can break your arm or make you punch yourself in the face if you’re not holding the wheel at the now-recommended 9 and 3 o’clock positions.
All of this, of course, is preferable to bashing your face into the steering wheel or windshield at 65 mph.
I was wondering if anyone has been in an accident when the airbag deployed, and if you remember what it felt like? Like hitting a wall? Or did it feel cushiony? Or, given that an airbag inflates and deflates in something on the order of a tenth of a second, does it all go by too fast?