Can you reduce or prevent airbag injuries?

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2018 | Car Accidents

While airbags save lives in car accidents, they can also be the cause of some injuries. Because most vehicles have airbags, it is important for you to learn what you can do to prevent severe injury due to them if you are in an accident in Louisiana. The goal is for the airbag to protect you, not hurt you. 

According to Western National Insurance, sitting too close to the airbag is a recipe for disaster because the airbag deploys at about 200 miles per hour. If you are sitting right up on it, that impact will directly hit you. You want to leave about 10 inches between you and the airbag when you are driving. If you are a passenger, leave 20 inches of space. Also, always wear your seatbelt. Airbags are designed to work with seat belts. The seat belt stop you from being thrown into the airbag as it deploys, thus reducing your chances of an injury. 

You also need to tilt the steering wheel so it is aimed up a little instead of being straight in line with your chest. If you are pregnant, you should put as much space as possible between you and the airbag. 

If you have children passengers, remember to never let anyone under 13 ride in your vehicle in the front seat. They should always sit in the back. Never put a rear-facing car set in the front either. If you must have a child ride in the front seat, make sure to turn off the airbag, if possible. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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