The relationship of the airbag fire-distribution as a function of impact velocity to the airbag fire-time is studied through the use of an optimization procedure. The study is conducted by abstracting the sensor algorithm and its associated constraints into a simple mathematical formulation. An airbag fire objective function is constructed that integrates the fire-rate and fire-time requirements. The function requires the input of a single acceleration time history; it produces an output depending on the airbag fire condition. Numerical search of the optimal fire threshold curve is achieved through parameterizing this curve and applying a modified simplex search optimization algorithm that determines the optimal threshold function parameters without computing the complete objective function in the parameter space. Numerical results are given to show the effectiveness and potential difficulties with the automatic search scheme. The underlying philosophy and detailed method presented in this paper has the potential to assist in helping to understand the mechanics of the airbag deployment.