Question: Why is there smoke in the car after the accident?
Airbags use cornstarch or some other powder to help lubricate them. The powder floats around in a cloud for a few minutes after the airbag is deployed, and that looks like smoke. Many drivers hurry to get out because they are concerned.
The airbag cloud is usually harmless and is not a fire or fire hazard. The cloud may cause mild respiratory distress. If you have trouble breathing, step away from the cloud to get to fresh air. The car is not on fire unless you see black smoke or flames.