A Chevy Silverado driver learned a tough (and expensive) lesson in how airbags work after he tried to free his pickup truck from being lodged on top of a cement parking bollard.
A video of this rather confusing incident was posted to the always entertaining Reddit page /r/idiotsincars over the weekend. The 15-second clip shows a K2XX-generation Chevy Silverado Crew Cab with an older man behind the wheel that has somehow mounted a cement parking bollard. We assume the driver of the truck accidentally accelerated toward the pole before crashing into it. It seems the initial impact had considerable force, as it caused the pole to bend and cracked the cement foundation it was seated in.
In an attempt to free his truck, the driver puts the Chevy Silverado into reverse and tries backing up. This at first doesn’t seem to be working, as the truck’s chrome front bumper is lodged on the parking bollard. The driver then gives it a bit more gas, freeing the truck before it slams down onto the pavement. The filmer and other onlookers begin cheering, assuming their friend had successfully freed his truck from this unfortunate predicament, but their celebrations are short-lived. The force with which the truck comes bouncing to the ground causes the side curtain restraint to go off, giving the driver a face full of airbag and knocking his hat clean off his head.
The driver of this truck would have been better off calling a tow truck to help him get his truck off the parking bollard. While this would have been an expensive solution, it’s a much better alternative than tearing up your front bumper and having your driver-side curtain airbag bop you in the face.
Check it out in the clip embedded below.