Problem: Whiplash, Arrhythmia of the heart, traumatic Brain injuries, neck and spine injuries, broken: ribs, arms, nose, feet and legs often occur by sitting too close to the air bag. Skin can be de-gloved off of your hands and arms. Even fatalities have occurred.
Have you ever seen anyone relax in the passenger seat with their legs on the dash? Remember there is an air bag there. Air bags go off in 1/20th of a second; it is literally an explosion in a bag. It occurs with such force and speed that if you are too close, all of the above can happen. If you sit far enough away, the bag will inflate before you get there and slow down motion to reduce your injuries or even save your life.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/air-bags See if your airbag has been recalled.
- Wear your seat belt (this keeps you from getting to the airbag too fast).
- Sit as far from the air bag as possible to allow the air bag to deploy.
- Short drivers should move the driver’s seat back and tilt the seat back slightly to allow space between the driver’s chest and the steering wheel.
- Drivers should refrain from leaning forward.
- Never put your legs or feet on the dash board.
- To the extent possible, drivers should hold steering wheels from the side, so that their arms aren’t in the way of the air bag. No more arm cross over to turn corners. Hand position has gone from 10 & 2 to 4 & 8 O’clock position.-NHTSA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
If you or anyone you know has suffered from an accident, make sure they see a specialist. This information is brought to you by Dr. Todd N. Grant (DC), a trained & certified whiplash specialist serving Kaysville, Layton, Fruit Heights and Farmington in Davis county Utah. For more information call 801-546-2273 or visit https://www.grantchirocare.com/