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Safety Belts & Airbags
Posted by Engr. Iqbal A. Khan

image001.jpg (10211 bytes)Even if your car has an airbag, it is still important to wear a safety belt because it helps keep you in the correct position to receive the maximum benefits of a deploying airbag. Airbags are called supplemental restraints because they work in combination with safety belts. They are designed to deploy in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crashes and therefore, do not reduce the risk of injury in rear, side or rollover crashes. Safety belts help keep the occupant away from the airbag module during deployment and provide protection in front, side, rear and rollover crashes.
Unbelted or improperly belted occupants can come into contact with the airbag module during pre-crash braking. Very close or direct contact with an airbag module during deployment can result in serious or fatal injury.
Front seat occupants should sit upright against the back of the seat with the seat adjusted as rearward as practical. The recommendation is to leave at least 10 inches between the steering wheel hub, where the airbag module is located, and the driver's breastbone. To avoid the chance of serious or fatal injury, children age 12 and under should ride in a rear seat in vehicles with passenger airbags. Never place a rear-facing child restraint in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger airbag unless the airbag has been disconnected.


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