Airbags-Safety and Risks
Air Bag Facts
How they work: when a sharp deceleration occurs (like during a crash) an electronic sensor in the car senses it and detonates a charge that inflates the bags. This process happens quickly, in the blink of an eye. At 200 miles per hour, the airbag emerges. The airbags stop drivers and passengers from hitting the dashboard or windshield. Many newer vehicles also have side airbags that offer added protection. Some vehicles even have these in the roof!
Because of this safety feature, crash fatalities have been reduced to just 11%. This number was much higher before airbags were placed in vehicles. As of 2012, airbags had saved over 40,000 lives.
But they have caused injuries as well. Since airbags were placed in all vehicles in 1996, several adults and children have been killed by airbags. Others have suffered serious injuries including arm and chest fractures, neck injuries, as well as head injuries. To reduce the risk of airbag injuries, consider the following suggestions.
If you’re concerned about a possible recall or need repairs done after a collision in which an airbag did (or didn’t deploy), give us a call at (480-351-2369). Orlando Auto Body technicians can answer all of your collision related concerns and get your vehicle back to like-new condition in no time.