As one might expect, the speed of the deployed airbag exerts a significant, rapid force against the person it is intended to protect. Passengers, particularly young children and individuals of tiny size, have suffered significant damage, if not death, as a result of this force.
The airbag itself can cause serious injury or death to passengers. In addition, there are other factors that may increase the risk of injury from an airbag. For example, an infant in a rear-facing infant seat is at increased risk for severe injury when an airbag deploys. The forces involved with airbag deployment may be sufficient to eject the baby through the opening in the seat.
Individuals who are obese may suffer increased injuries from airbags because of the greater force required to activate them. Also, people who are alcohol or drug impaired are at increased risk of injury from airbags because they cannot perceive the warning time lights that signal the need to shut off their vehicle before driving away. Finally, individuals who sit in poorly designed seats may be more likely to experience serious injuries due to airbag deployments.
Yes, you can die from an airbag. Airbags are designed to reduce the severity of accidents by providing a cushion that absorbs much of the impact of an accident. However, an airbag may not always provide the best protection for an individual.
Because airbags have a lot of force, they can injure you. Sitting too near to a deflating airbag can cause burns and injuries. Children and tiny adults are most at danger of mortality from airbag deployment because their bodies cannot withstand the impact. The bags themselves may not deploy if built correctly, but this depends on the model of car. Some cars will not deploy their front airbags during a crash if there is no risk of injury to the occupants.
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Airbags have become very common in modern vehicles. They help protect passengers in a collision by providing a cushion to reduce the impact of the accident. However many people have been injured or killed by airbags. Sometimes drivers fall asleep at the wheel and run into objects which trigger the airbag to deploy. In some cases, drivers have been found dead after being hit by deploying airbags.
In January 2008, a woman died in Virginia after her head struck the steering wheel while driving with her seatbelt on. The impact triggered the passenger-side airbag to deploy.
When the airbag inflates, the speed and intensity can cause eye injuries, burns, irritated skin, and open wounds. Always wear protective clothing when working on or around an air bag.
If an airbag fails to deploy, you may be catapulted forward, sustaining face fractures, lasting scars, organ damage, or other injuries. These devices are intended to save lives and prevent injuries in the case of a car accident, however some manufacturers' faults cause them to fail to deploy, resulting in catastrophic bodily pain. Airbags are vital safety components that protect passengers in the event of a crash. They work by firing pellets filled with gas into the path of the oncoming vehicle to reduce the impact force of those collisions.
The good news is that most vehicles available today have airbags that will always deploy in a serious collision. If your vehicle does not, it may be considered a luxury item instead of a necessity. However, even luxury models can be equipped with airbags as an option. Talk to your salesperson about what options are available for your model, because they may have some suggestions for you if this type of protection isn't required by default.
If you're in an accident where no airbags deploy, call your local emergency number immediately. The benefits of airbags far outweigh the risks involved with their use, and anyone who drives a modern vehicle should have access to this life-saving technology.