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Airbag Safety and Tips

Airbag SafetyAirbags were designed to increase safety and prevent auto related deaths, but they only work when used properly. These bags expand when the vehicle hits something and they come out with a spectacular force. Many people don't realize this, which leads to accidents and injuries. Following some airbag safety tips can ensure that everyone remains protected.

First of all, adults need to be aware of the restrictions put in place by the airbag manufacturers to protect children. Children under the age of 12 should never be allowed to ride in the front seat of one of these vehicles because of the airbag deployment. Instead they should sit in the backseat with a seatbelt on. In addition, infants and babies should never be allowed to ride up front near an airbag, regardless of the type of car seat. Even a baby in a rear facing car seat can be seriously injured when the airbag deploys.

Adults should ensure that their seats are as far back as possible from the front of the vehicle to prevent serious injury from the airbag. If the driver is sitting on top of the steering wheel, he or she can suffer a broken arm or something worse from the bag. It's recommended to sit 10-12 inches back from the steering wheel. They should also remember to wear their seatbelt too, which reduces injuries in an accident. This prevents the passenger or driver from slamming forward into the airbag.

Auto owners can also consider investing in an on/off switch that allows them to turn off the power on the airbag, which stops it from activating in the case of a crash. This is the only way in which a child should be allowed in the front seat of a car with airbags. The user should also take time to ensure that the switch is working before they let the child get into the car.

It's also important to follow the manufacturer's instructions on using vehicles with airbags. They should use the 10 and 2 o'clock positions on the steering wheel. In case of an accident, this ensures that the airbag deploys with minimal obstructions. They should also pay attention to the road and look for signs of potential accidents to reduce injuries.

Find out more information by learning more about airbags and airbag safety.

The Facts About Airbags

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