AIRBAGS: CAN PROTECT OR KILL? AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS
Airbags, one of the greatest inventions for vehicles. It consist of a cushion designed to inflate rapidly in the event of a collision and positioned so as to protect passengers from being flung against the vehicle’s structure.
Front driver and passenger airbags have been required equipment in all cars and trucks sold in the United States starting 1998. Between 1987 and 2008, it’s estimated that frontal airbags saved more than 25,000 lives in the U.S. [source: NHTSA].
Now car manufacturers are improving their vehicles. There are cars with 10 airbags, and some car companies have even incorporated airbag technology into their seatbelts [source: Consumer Reports].
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once airbags has deployed, it means that car has been hit violently. According to some news, an average driver’s side airbag inflates in 20 to 30 milliseconds, exploding out of its housing at 200 miles per hour (322 kilometers per hour).
Airbags may lessen the injury caused by an accident, but doesn’t mean that you will be safe, no matter how hard your car has been hit. It still depends on the impact it caused.
Sometimes airbags can malfunction that can cause very serious injuries, even death. Reasons for airbag can cause injury:
- The speed at which the airbag deploys can cause abrasions or burns.
- The chemicals released upon deployment can irritate the lungs and airways, and might even trigger an asthma attack.
- Airbags can cause severe eye injury.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that drivers sit at least ten inches away from the steering wheel. Even it deploys proper and right time, the pressure or impact on how it hits your face.
ASK FOR LEGAL HELP
If you think that an airbag malfunction and caused you an injury, you can hire an accident attorney to help you process your concerns.