Being a vehicle safety device, an airbag is designed to inflate rapidly during an automobile collision. It will keep the passenger and driver from striking the steering wheel or a window and has the intent of supplemental protection of those already restrained with a seatbelt. Compared with 60% reduction for belts alone, the combination of an air bag in addition to a lap and shoulder belt reduces the risk of serious head injury by about 80%, according to estimates of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Due to the force, infants should never the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger air bag. It is also best that kids 12 and under should always be properly restrained in a child safety seat or safety belt and ride in the back seat. Today, we at Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanics would like to elaborate further on airbags.
Expanding Air Bags Can Hurt
If not from broken glass, loud noises, a sudden tight hug from your seatbelt, then from an airbag blowing up in your face, any crash that causes your airbags to go off is likely to be painful. Much like being kicked in the face and chest by a very strong but fluffy bunny is what it feels like. Similarly, to the steering wheel, dashboard, glass windows, or metal doors, airbags are meant to keep you from hitting the hardest parts of your car. However, the force of hitting the airbag can cause (less serious) injuries from abrasions to broken bones.
Why are Cars Totaled when Airbags Deploy?
Depending on the value of your car and the extent of your insurance policy, your vehicle can be totaled. Even if it isn’t, it is likely that your car has suffered significant damage if your vehicle crashed with enough force to set off the airbags. It can cost a few thousand dollars along with repairing or replacing just the dashboard and airbags.
Do Airbags Smell when Deployed?
To deploy your airbags quickly, small explosives are used. It doesn’t mean that your car is on fire, though they may leave a smoky smell in the air. The first few seconds and minutes can be disorienting if you are in an accident. Remember to keep calm, but if your car really is on fire, focus on freeing yourself. After the airbags are set off for several reasons, it may be harder to get out of a car. Making it difficult (or impossible) to open the doors or windows the body of your car may have bent. To prevent you from moving out of your seat, your seatbelt might have locked into position in the accident, and it may be tight and difficult to release.
Should I Get My Car Checked After a Crash?
It is challenging for repair or replace the airbags, along with any other safety feature. Your safety depends on operational safety features. To make sure they’re functioning properly and can keep you safe, no matter if your airbags were deployed in a crash or not, always have your car, especially airbags and computerized safety features, checked and scanned by a professional.