While it is true that airbags are designed to help prevent us from injuries in the event of an auto accident, these same devices can also causes severe injuries as well. While these mishaps are rare, it is important to note that they do occur. Here are some useful tips on preventing injuries from airbags.
Preventing Injuries From Airbags
Causes of injuries
Some of the most common reasons for airbag injuries include whether or not the person was wearing a seatbelt at the time of deployment, what type of substances were inside the airbag and how fast the airbag deployed.
Types of injuries
There are several parts of the body that are exposed to an airbag, so injuries can occur in numerous places. Some of the most commonly seen airbag injuries include contusion of the face, upper extremities, internal organs, knees or chest, bone fracture or break in the face, wrists, skull, ribs or upper extremities, loss of consciousness, bruising in the brain, heart muscle rupture, hearing trauma and laceration, to the spleen, liver, lungs, heart, brain stem, arteries or veins.
While sometimes there is really no way to avoid an auto accident, there may be some things you can do to avoid getting injured from the airbags in your vehicle. One of the most important things you can do is to always wear your seatbelt and ensure everyone else in the vehicle does as well. Also, adjust your seat so that you are sitting a minimum of 10 inches away from where the airbag will deploy. For children that are passengers in the car, ensure that they are using a car seat that is right for their height and weight. Ensure that no one in the vehicle leans on the doors since this can result in injury from airbags that deploy on the side. Also, you don’t want to a rear-facing car seat in any seat that is susceptible to frontal airbag deployment.
Although accidents cannot be entirely prevented, be sure to avoid other drivers that are driving unsafely (or obnoxiously), stay back or take another route.