Airbag Safety

Say hello to your airbags! 

These nifty little gadgets quietly hide in the steering wheel, dashboard, seats and roofs of our cars. They're in there waiting. Just waiting for their moment in the spotlight. 

Most of us will never need them, but some of us will owe our lives to them. 

While photos like this and the term "airbag" make them seem like a fluffy pillow of safety

ready to cradle your head in case of an accident, the truth is a little more sobering.

Within a fraction of a second and with the sound of a shotgun blast,

all of the airbags in your vehicle will inflate and promptly deflate.

Once you come to terms with what happened and realize you were in an accident,

you will likely be surrounded by deflated bags and a car full of acrid, sour smelling powder. 

While these are the difference between life and death for thousands of people every year, they also pose risks to certain drivers. 

Be sure to familiarize yourself with your vehicle and where they are located. An improperly positioned seat or driving position can put you and your passengers at risk.

  • A good rule of thumb is to sit as far back as possible from the steering wheel while being able to fully control the wheel. 
  • Front seat passengers should position the seat as far back as possible, and NEVER put their feet up on the dash. 
  • Young children should NEVER sit in the front seat. The recommended minimum age is 12 years old for front seat passengers, but not all children are the same. The safest place for a child of any age is in the back seat. 
  • Child seats should NEVER be used in the front seat when an airbag is present and in the "ON" position. 

Airbags save lives each and every day, you should never be afraid of them. A little understanding and knowledge can reduce the risk of unintentional injuries and ease your worries in the moments following a collision. 

If you are curious and want to learn more about your vehicle and safety, contact your preferred car dealership or contact us and we'll be happy to help in any way we can!