Reduce Your Airbag Risk

Close-up of deployed airbags.

Air bags provide extra protection for belted occupants. They are designed to help keep your head, neck and chest safe in a front-end crash. Most often, an air bag will deploy when a vehicle hits another vehicle or a solid object (like a tree). However, an air bag is not a soft, billowy pillow. It comes out of the dashboard at up to 200 miles per hour, faster than the blink of an eye. Because of this great force, an air bag can injure those who are too close to it.

Air bags differ in design and performance. There are differences in the crash speeds that trigger air bag deployment, the speed and force of the deployment, the size and shape of the air bag, and the manner in which they unfold and inflate. Contact your vehicle manufacturer for specific information.

Ways to Reduce Air Bag Risk

Air bags are supplemental safety devices - they must be used with a seat belt to be most effective. Air bags have been credited in saving thousands of lives and reduces the risk of serious head injuries.

Source: The Minnesota Safety Council, citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration