@pip-bip It doesn't look like the inflator fired fully. This probably wasn't triggered by the sensors. I'm guessing something else happened. The igniter could have been partially triggered by the vibration. Either the camera mount was very loose or there was something else wrong with the car making it shake like that.
Really sucks to be the drivers right now. Most drift cars are driver owned so they are just there to do a video shoot to fill sponsor obligations and get their cars impounded because the people from Red Bull running the shoot decided to go ahead unpermitted. The drivers wouldn't have known anything was wrong until the authorities showed up.
@just-a-scratch first as others said if properly restrained does nothing.
My suspicion is the airbag is designed to stop you if you're traveling forward at x speed. if doing 110mph you are going to be much farther forward than you would be expected to hit. so instead of cushioning, you wack forward, then get punched back by the airbag.
@way2blu My dust covers on my front brake discs recently needed a massage. The sand and snow bent them I guess. It only scraped lightly on left turns. So there must be some slop in my new ish wheel bearings.
@pip-bip why is the Tesla cruising along at a fairly high speed when there's obviously slow traffic, even if it is in the other lane? That's asking for trouble. All it would take is for someone in a slower lane to pull into his lane, and it'd be an instant accident.