passive restraint

[ pas-iv ri-streynt ]
/ ˈpæs ɪv rɪˈstreɪnt /

noun

a safety device in a motor vehicle, as an airbag or special seat belt, that is activated automatically to protect the seat occupant at the moment of impact when a collision occurs.

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Origin of passive restraint

First recorded in 1965–70
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