“What is an Airbag and how does it work?”

Airbags, which are the original parts of the automobiles, are the general name given to the occupant restraint systems that are filled with gas during car collisions and aim to protect the driver and occupants in the car. The principle of activation of airbags is briefly as follows: in cases where the severity of the collision is above a certain level, sensors in various parts of the car send an electrical signal to the tube with NaN3 (sodium azide). Following the receipt of the signal, a small spark forms in the tube, and NaN3 dissolves from the heat created. The released nitrogen gets filled into the airbag and makes the airbag inflate. The airbags, which inflate with air in an extremely short time during the collision, by deflating in a few seconds aim to ensure the evacuation of the car occupants and make them overcome the accident with the minimum damage due to the occurrence of a possible accident.


Car Seat Covers and Airbags

One of the biggest concerns of the consumer of car seat covers is whether the airbags will function and will be activated in a possible accident, due to the fact that the car seat covers are mounted on the original car seats, as they form a different layer over the original car seat where the airbags locate.

Otom being the pioneer and leader of the sector, in order to mitigate these concerns, conducted several experiments, various R&D studies and meticulously examined the span which the airbags inflate and the car seat cover is pierced simultaneously.

In light of the R&D process we have conducted and experience we have gained, we have created the necessary technological bedrock for the correct functioning of our product. We have provided a perfect sewing system by choosing the appropriate combination of materials for the original seats of the car and Otom’s seat covers in order make them react to the airbags simultaneously. We are also proud to announce that we have certified the quality and safety of our Otom brand car seat covers as our sewing system has passed the safety tests conducted at the internationally accredited APV-T Center in Australia, which is one of the best crash safety test centers in the world.

Our airbag seam safety system, which has successfully passed the crash safety test, consists of 5 steps:



Airbag Security Sewing System in 5 Steps

  1. Material Quality Standard: The material subject to the test is a thick sponge laminated synthetic leather whose standards are maintained through our wide supply channels. The airbag explosion test was performed on our custom fit seat cover made of laminated synthetic material.
  2. Airbag Special Security Stitch: Airbag security stitches are applied under the control of our production engineers with special sewing machines for original automotive seats and equipment. The sample subject to the test was stitched with the machine mentioned above. To distinguish their unique sewing technique among others, our airbag custom-stitched products are labeled with special barcodes. This label tag, having a unique barcode for each product produced by our firm, confirms that the airbag specific security stitching technique is used whereas it also ensures that our products are distinguishable from those produced by other companies.
  3. Quality Controls: The materials subject to the test are supplied in accordance with the current existing up-to-date quality standards by our production engineers and purchasing department. The quality stabilization of the materials is provided through the “random quality inspection” method, which is carried out periodically.
  4. Testing in the range of -35 C / + 80 C: The sample in question has been individually tested at -35 degrees Celsius and +80 degrees Celsius in order to ensure the maximum reliability of the test at different temperatures, and it was observed that airbags function at the desired speed values at both ambient temperatures. The sample of automobile seat chosen for the test is the seat of a Suzuki Alto 2008 model.
  5. Airbag Inflation Speed: In line with the tests carried out at ambient temperatures mentioned above, it was examined that the sample in question neither caused any delays on the reaction ratio of 4.38 m/s of airbags nor decreased the airbag inflation speed.

Important Note: The pop-out of the airbags in the car seats depends on many parameters, such as the vehicle’s brand and model, the speed of the vehicle, whether the seat belts are put on or not by the car occupants, the angle of the collision, the correct mounting of the seat covers by professionals, the correct positioning of the airbag seams of the car seat cover to match the airbag parts on the seats, the product lifetime and also consumer usage.

Otom seat covers aim to offer reliable products to the consumers with the airbag safety seam described above. The test in question was carried out by the APV-T TECT CENTER with the above-mentioned materials, only on the mentioned vehicle brand seat and model and at said ambient temperatures.

Due to the above-mentioned variables, Otom does not guarantee the pop-out of the airbags and therefore does not accept any responsibility for any damage incurred.


Otom has become a company that leads the firsts rather than following the innovations in the sector with its knowledge and experiences based on many years. Many of the projects and innovations that have been realized are registered with us and our esteemed business partners.


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