Video of the Week: Subwoofer Triggers Airbag

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's video of the week, presented for your afternoon amusement, shows two young men enjoying the sound of a subwoofer. Too bad that they don't know that the vibrations will set off the vehicle's airbag.

In the clip, we see two gentlemen who appear to be in their 20s sitting in what looks to be some sort of older Chevy or GMC van/truck/SUV that has a very classy "pizza and booty" sticker on the dashboard. In other news, I now have a screenshot saved as "pizzaandbooty.jpg" on my work computer. Hi, IT department!

Anyway, our friends here are smiling as they feel the massive subwoofer's vibrations, though it's not clear if they notice that some of the trim bits are working their way loose. Then there's a popping sound and the camera gets knocked over. The subwoofer shuts off after a few seconds, then all we hear for a bit is music. Eventually, you hear one of our intrepid bros say that the airbag explosion was caught on camera.

The clip is just a bit over a minute long, so it makes a nice companion to a coffee break. Check it out here.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • YellowDuck YellowDuck on Feb 02, 2023

    Thank goodness neither one had their feet up on the dash....

  • Wheatridger Wheatridger on Feb 02, 2023

    "Stupid is as stupid does."- Forrest Gump

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Feb 02, 2023

    I was at an intersection next to a pair of morons like this. The light changed colour and they almost got broadsided by a Fire Truck on a lights and sirens response. Everyone else heard the pumper truck coming.

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Feb 03, 2023

    Subwoofers for subgeniuses.