Close up of deployed airbags.

Reduce Your Airbag Risk

Airbags provide extra protection for belted occupants. They are designed to help keep your head, neck, and chest safe in a front-end crash. Most often, an airbag will deploy when a vehicle hits another vehicle or a solid object (like a tree). However, an airbag is not a soft, billowy pillow. It comes out of the dashboard at up to 200 miles per hour, faster than the blink of an eye. Because of this great force, an airbag can injure those who are too close to it.

Airbags differ in design and performance. There are differences in the crash speeds that trigger airbag deployment, the speed and force of the deployment, the size and shape of the airbag, and the manner in which they unfold and inflate. For specific information about the airbags in your vehicle, contact the vehicle manufacturer.

Ways to Reduce Airbag Risk

Airbags are supplemental safety devices - they must be used with a seat belt to be most effective. Airbags have been credited in saving thousands of lives and reduces the risk of serious head injuries.

Source: The Minnesota Safety Council, citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration