The Dangerous Aspects of Airbags

Since their inception in the mid-1970’s, airbags have saved more than 6,377 lives and have prevented countless injuries. But while they are a vital part of motor vehicle safety, if used improperly, they can cause injuries or death.

Airbags were first marketed as a seatbelt alternative until manufacturers found that individuals without seatbelts could be severely injured or killed by their airbags. If you are not wearing a seatbelt when your airbag deploys, you could hit the airbag at an odd angle which can result in broken bones or even vertebrae snapping. New airbags and airbag designs are created every year. Many vehicles now contain:

  • Frontal airbags in the steering wheel
  • Passenger side airbags
  • Side airbags for T-bone crashes
  • Side tubular or curtain airbags to protect the head during a side collision
  • Knee airbags
  • Rear curtain airbags to protect back seat passengers in the event of a rear end crash
  • Rear center airbags for rear passengers

It is important that these life saving devices are used properly. If your vehicle contains airbags, be sure to be aware of the following:

  • Allow for adequate space between yourself or passengers and airbags
  • Always wear a seatbelt
  • Children 12 and under should always ride in the rear seats

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For more information on airbag injuries and other personal injury related topics, contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer at the law firm of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. today by calling 800-763-0964.

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