If your vehicle was built in or after the nineties, it probably has airbags. Even if you’ve never seen yours in action, have you ever found yourself wondering how they actually work? Take some time to consider the facts and learn about three simple steps you can take to prevent airbag injuries, so you and your passengers can stay safe on the road.
Airbags are built into the steering wheel, dashboard, and sometimes even the sides of a vehicle, and they’re designed to protect your head and upper body from colliding with the windshield, dashboard, or steering wheel when you’re in an accident. So, what makes airbags kick in? And what happens next?
It may be hard to believe, but all of this happens faster than the blink of an eye. Watch it in super slow motion:
Not all airbags are created equal, and they differ in design and the way they perform. You can learn about the features of your own car’s airbags by contacting the manufacturer or reading your owner’s manual — and be sure to keep up with current airbag recalls by checking Transport Canada’s database.
The force of an airbag is strongest in the first 8cm after it bursts through its cover and starts to inflate, so anyone who is sitting too close to it when it launches could be seriously injured. While airbags are designed to protect you in the event of a collision, it’s important that everyone in your car wears a seatbelt and sits far enough away from the airbags that they only come into contact with them once they’re fully inflated.
To keep yourself and your passengers safe on the road, take these three simple steps towards airbag safety:
Although they’re designed to prevent serious injuries and death, airbags can cause minor injuries like bruises, cuts, or scrapes. But when used correctly, the positive effects afforded by airbags far outweigh the minor bumps and bruises they bring with them.
Your vehicle’s airbags are just one of many advanced safety features that come standard in modern builds. But don’t forget that other features like back-up cameras and winter tires can help you stay on track and prevent collisions before they happen.
If you’re thinking of upgrading to a vehicle with more up-to-date safety features, be sure to talk to your insurance broker before taking your new car for a spin.
Written By: Stephanie Fereiro