Airbags were invented to protect us and by and large they do. That said, they are not perfect. In some cases, they can cause injury. Keep reading to find out how you can take steps to avoid being injured by an airbag if you are in a car accident. Remember too that sometimes airbags are recalled for being dangerous. If you are injured by an airbag, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a no-cost legal evaluation.
Steps Adults Can Take to Reduce Their Chance of Being Injured by an Airbag
The driver and any front-seat passengers should sit in the middle of their seats. They should sit upright and keep their feet on the floor. Their arms should never rest against the airbag because if it is deployed, then the hot gases within it can cause serious injury. Do not install aftermarket seat covers or dash covers because they can block an airbag from deploying.
The driver should sit so that their chest is at least ten inches from the middle of their steering wheel. Shorter drivers who need to sit closer up can slightly recline the driver’s seat to prevent being ten inches or closer to the airbag. Some of the newer airbags actually take into account the position of the seat so that less force is used when someone is sitting close.
How to Keep Young Children Safe from Airbags
Have you ever wondered why it is always recommended that children sit in the backseat? Partially because of airbags. If a child does sit in the front, the seat should be put as far back and possible and the child should be buckled in securely enough that they are sitting tight against the seat.
Children should not lean against the door because that is where the side airbag is. If it were deployed, the force could be harmful to the child. Even if the airbag does not go off, a child who is leaning against the door or lying down with their head near the side of the car or the doors are at serious risk if there is a side-impact collision.
Women in Late Stages of Pregnancy Must Keep Themselves Safe as Well
When a woman is in late pregnancy, she should properly position her seat belt and only travel in vehicles with airbags. As is true of all other drivers, pregnant women should drive at last ten inches away from the steering wheel. Her seatbelt should be high on her thighs and over her pelvic bones. The seatbelt should be below the soft part of her belly.
In the event you are injured in an accident involving airbags, we invite you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We are standing by to help!