7 Injuries Car Airbags Can Cause If They Deploy



What are the uses of airbags? Do you have airbags installed in your car? Airbags may have saved the lives of many accident victims. Saving people is what they were built to do, but however, the opposite happen sometimes and injure or kill people.

Airbags that function properly which gives you the confidence to over speed with the assurance that nothing can happen because your car has one are capable of causing severe injuries to you.

Before we delve into some of the injuries that can be sustained when airbags are deployed, you should know that this safety equipment can kill children easily. This is one major reason why kids are advised to be kept away from the front seat until they are 13-15 years old or big enough to fit into space properly.

Even as an adult, these are some of the injuries that can be sustained when airbags deploy. Some of these injuries include;


1. Facial Injury

The face is usually the first part of the body that comes in contact with airbags when they are deployed. This makes it an easy target. The airbag does a good job in preventing the windshield from coming for your face, but the speed and strength at which it deploys can be heavier than a punch to the face.

2. Eye Injury or Blindness

On the face, the eyes are particularly the most vulnerable to an injury. Cases of eye injury, temporary blindness or permanent blindness have been reported in airbag deployment incidences. Although, permanent blindness is a rare occurrence, it may happen.

3. Chest Injury

With the airbag, your chest may probably be prevented from hitting the steering and your body will also be prevented from being plunged out of the car. However, during this process that the airbag comes to protect you, it may hit you hard and this can lead to fractured ribs, broken bones and damaged tissues.

4. Limb Injury

If you have a hand on the path of an airbag during deployment in an accident, the result may be catastrophic. Shoulder injury is also likely to occur.

5. Neck and Back Injuries

Neck and spine fractures are also possible occurrences which have been reported by a couple of accident victims.

6. Burn

Airbags are made of nylon fabric and its explosion can cause skin inflammation, burn, and chemical irritation.


7. Internal Injuries

This is a very delicate situation. If an airbag can cause all the injuries listed above as well as death, then it can easily cause internal bleeding. An accident victim can also react to chemical releases during the deployment. So,  ensure you get yourself examined by your doctor if your airbag ever deploys when you are in the vehicle.

These injuries are definitely what you would like to prevent. The bad news is that the complete prevention cannot be guaranteed, however, the good news is that the negative effects can be highly reduced by avoiding excessive speed, using your seatbelt and sitting in an appropriate driving position amongst other. 

Stay safe and healthy, and keep children at the back seats.

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