What everyone should know about airbags

Are airbags safe or risky? Airbags work in conjunction with the seatbelt. While an airbag can prevent serious injury, they also pack significant force that can injure anyone sitting too close. Drivers should sit 10+ inches away from the steering wheel. Children under 12 and small children should be seated in the rear of the vehicle. A final recommendation is for drivers to avoid holding the steering wheel in the 12 o’clock position because of the likelihood of the airbag hitting them smack in the face. Just keep these tips in mind and drive with safety in mind.

Key Takeaways:

  • For the decades that I’ve been involved in road safety, there always seems to be a debate about airbags
  • The goal of the airbag is to stop the forward motion of the occupant as quickly as possible to reduce serious injuries.
  • Some vehicles are now being equipped to have 10 or more airbags. There’s now more protection from serious injuries because of the addition of airbags.

“The force of the airbag can and do hurt anyone who is sitting too close to them.”