When Should Airbags Deploy?Airbags are designed to provide the driver and other vehicle occupants with added protection to seatbelts. As such, they work best when the seatbelts are also used. The airbag’s collision sensors are designed to deploy if there is sudden or severe deceleration. It’s important to note that, while airbags are meant to save lives, they can sometimes cause preventable injuries. To avoid this, use the following tips when in your vehicle:
- Tilt the steering wheel downwards, facing your chest and not towards your neck or face.
- Don’t place your arms across the steering wheel.
- Passengers shouldn’t place objects or even their feet on the dashboard.
- You and the upfront passenger should always be seated as far away from the dashboard as possible.
- Young children under the age of 13 should be restrained in the back seat.
Reasons Why Your Airbag May Fail to DeployAirbags are not designed to deploy in just any accident. Instead, they will only deploy during some types of accidents, like head-on crashes, when the vehicle moves above the set speed limit. Airbags won’t deploy in any of the following situations:
- Minor frontal crashes
- Hitting a parking block, sign, or curb
- Rollover, T-bone, or rear-end crashes where there is no sudden deceleration
- Minor accidents with small animals like dogs or deer
- Driving on roads with potholes or bumps