Busting the Myths Surrounding Airbags
Airbag Myths Abound, Let’s Dispel Them
Have you ever been in a car wreck where the airbags deployed? If so, you likely know about these myths, and you can attest to how foolish some of them are. For those that have never been in a wreck when the airbags deployed, you don’t want to experience that.
The problem, however, is that because most people have never been in an accident involving airbags, most people don’t know what exactly happens during one of these types of collisions. But in the attempt to appear educated, they share their knowledge. Knowledge that is often wrong.
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we want you to be educated. As the best collision repair center in Billings we want you to have good information. Keep reading about some of the myths surrounding airbags.
Myth Busted – It’s Mostly Painless
If you get into a wreck when the airbag is deployed, it’s going to hurt. It’s not like falling into an inflated pillow; it’s getting hit with an inflated pillow going 200mph. You will likely suffer some abrasions, soreness, maybe even broken bones. But when the alternative is slamming your head into the steering column, it’s worth it.
Myth Busted – You’re on Fire
In order to deploy the airbag at enough speed to stop you from flying forward into the windshield, a small explosive charge is needed. After being hit with such force, you likely are a bit disoriented but your senses are still working. The smell isn’t the car, or yourself, on fire; it’s the charge that saved your life.
Myth Busted – The Airbag May Trap You
As quickly as the airbag deploys, it deflates; or at least nearly as quickly. But your vehicle is equipped with numerous safety features. One of those includes a seat belt that locks up. In the event of a crash it locks into place so hard you may have trouble getting out. The seat belt might trap you, but not the airbag.
Myth Busted – It’s Easy to Reset Airbags
Replacing and resetting an airbag is a labor intensive process. In the end, there are a bunch of safety concerns (especially if you took your vehicle to the lowest priced auto body shop in Billings). In all actuality, your vehicle has probably suffered enough damage that it’s totaled.
Myth Busted – The Airbag will Suffocate You
In order to suffocate you, the airbag would have to stay inflated. That only happens in the movies. In real life the airbag does what it was designed to do, and then deflates right away.
Myth Busted – The Airbag will Kill You
Since the first airbag was required in cars in 1991, they have been responsible for 62 deaths. On the other hand, they have been responsible for saving over 1,800 lives and preventing many more injuries. The airbag could kill you (the same way a ball point pen or a soda cracker could kill you), but you’re far better off with it than without. The caveat: children in car seats shouldn’t sit where there’s an airbag. In that case, yes, it will do more harm than good.
Myth Busted – An Airbag Negates Seatbelt Need
Airbags were designed as passive restraint for those who refused to wear their seatbelts. They will work, but not as effectively. For maximum protection while driving, always exercise caution, drive defensively, buckle your seatbelt, and know that the airbag is more of a backup system than your primary system.
Big Sky Collision Center Says Drive Safe
Here at Big Sky Collision, our goal is that you don’t get into an accident. But if something happens to you, then we want to make sure that you’re protected. To be protected, you have to understand your vehicle, and use the safety features provided.