Can an Airbag Cause Injuries in a Car Accident? 5 Factors
Airbags are one of the most common and effective safety mechanisms in any vehicle, saving hundreds of lives annually. However, they expand so quickly after an accident that many people wonder if they can cause an injury. The short answer is yes. Keep reading as we look at what kind of injuries can occur from the airbag and who is most susceptible, to help you be better informed.
The 5 Ways an Airbag Can Cause an Injury
1. Small Body
If your body is too small to withstand the force of the airbag as it expands, you may suffer an injury. Children’s bodies are the most vulnerable, but many adults also have small frames that can be easily injured when the airbag expands.
2. Improper Deployment
Airbags use sensors to determine when an accident is occurring. If the sensor malfunctions, it can cause the airbag to go off prematurely, causing an injury to the unexpecting driver.
Another problem often related to the sensor that can cause an injury is when the airbag fails to go off in an accident. If the airbag doesn’t deploy, the driver’s body can hit the steering wheel or other areas of the vehicle, which can cause an injury.
4. Late Deployment
The airbag in your vehicle works on split-second timing. In many cases, the seriousness of an injury can come down to a fraction of a second, so having your airbag deploy on time is critical.
5. Exploding Airbags
If a qualified technician doesn’t install the airbag, there’s a chance that it can malfunction on deployment. The exploding air can result in shrapnel causing more injury than it prevents.
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How Can I Minimize Damage From an Airbag?
Unfortunately, your car’s airbag may cause significant injuries while saving your life. For example, face, hand, and arm bruises are extremely common, and you can even suffer a broken bone. Some people also suffer from burns during deployment. Still, it’s far better to have a working airbag than to not have one at all. If the airbag deploys in your vehicle, it’s important to have a qualified professional technician reinstall it to work correctly the next time that you need it.
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