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What causes airbags to deploy and is there a min. speed that triggers it?

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It is based on recent events that took place in Israel. This is not a pro/against gun discussion, or political in any way.
Here's a scenario: You are driving down the street and notice a threat in front of you, Let's say someone is aiming a weapon at you. You can't stop and back up. Your only option to neutralize the threat is to run him (or her...) over with your vehicle. Run the person down, knock him down, hit him with the vehicle, etc. Anything that will disable the perpetrator's ability to shoot at you.
My question is - will hitting a person or run him over deploy the airbag? Does it depend on which part of the vehicle hit that person?
Now - if the airbags are deployed, does it disable the vehicle? Because if so, this "self defense" method may work against you. I am not familiar with deployed airbags, luckily I never experienced that.
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No they won't go off it's like hitting a deer I hit a deer two years ago with a F150 and they did not go off Had some fender and hood damage no airbags Went off Was going about 45 mph
 

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I now it was many years ago but my sister was rear ended in an Honda accord and hit the car in front of her while she was doing 40 mph but the hit wasn’t real hard. None of her air bags went off. I think it matters how hard the hit is not speed.
 

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There are accelerometer chipsets that detect the magnitude and direction of the impact. Running over a pedestrian is unlikely to trigger the threshold to deploy the airbags. So go ahead and take out the perp.
 
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There are accelerometer chipsets that detect the magnitude and direction of the impact. Running over a pedestrian is unlikely to trigger the threshold to deploy the airbags. So go ahead and take out the perp.
Hey, one has to be familiar with all available tools and ready for all scenarios ;)
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