Airbags in the car

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​​Aside from the seat-belt, airbags also contribute to keeping the driver and passengers safe in the event of an accident. Airbags will automatically fill up following a strong collision in an attempt to minimize any injuries to the people within the vehicle.

Statistics from the United States' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that:

  1. ​Airbags help minimize injuries to the head, neck, chest, and face of the driver and front passenger in the case of frontal impact.
  2. Airbags help decrease the chance of death by 30% in the case of frontal impact.
  3. The speed of airbag inflation is very fast (it only takes 1-4/100 of a second) and so can potentially injure people sitting too close to the bags. The risk zone is the first 5-8cm of inflation. Thus drivers and passengers should sit at least 25cm from the airbags to maintain a margin of safety.
  4. Do not allow children, pregnant women, or elderly people to sit in the front seat, even when the vehicle is fully outfitted with frontal airbags.
  5. ​​Airbags can only protect drivers and passengers wearing their seat-belt correctly.