Advanced Frontal Air Bags
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants motorists to know how advanced frontal airbags save lives. Although airbags have been saving lives since the 1980’s, advanced frontal airbags hadn’t reached commercial production until 2004. They use sophisticated sensors to determine whether, when and how much to deploy. Since it’s not always advantageous for a frontal airbag to deploy, this was an important advancement in passenger vehicle occupant safety technology.
Advanced Frontal Air Bags work with Your Seat Belt
It’s important to note that an advanced frontal airbag system, or any type of airbag system, doesn’t replace the importance of your seat belt. In fact, airbags actually work with your seat belt to keep you safe. Sadly, some people still think that they don’t have to wear their seat belt because their car has frontal airbags. Nothing could be further from the truth. These two safety features work together. Most importantly, in cases where airbags aren’t deployed like certain types of rollover crashes, it’s absolutely critical to buckle up. Your life depends on it.
Advanced Frontal Air Bags: Need to Know
• Always buckle up, for every trip.
• Adults keep at least 10 inches between your breastbone and the airbag cover.
• Children ages 12 and under should always ride in the back seat either buckled up or in size and age-appropriate restraint systems.
• The elderly and small-statured adults should push their seats back as far as possible.
• Pregnant women should always keep at least 10 inches between their breastbone and the airbag cover, and also make sure the seat belt is positioned properly. The lap belt should be positioned low on the abdomen.
• Always install new advanced frontal airbags after deployment.
• If the airbag readiness (warning) light isn’t illuminated, you should have a qualified technician take a look as soon as possible.
• Check your vehicle’s owner manual to find out whether or not your car has advanced frontal airbags.
Air Bag Deployment in a Crash
Even though the NHTSA estimates that 39,976 lives were saved by frontal air bags from 1987 to 2012, buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of a crash. After any kind of crash, whether airbags deploy or not, it’s always a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.