Airbags Essay Research Paper AirbagsImagine yourself and

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Airbags Essay, Research Paper Airbags Imagine yourself and a friend on a road trip. All of the sudden a car pulls out in front of you. When you finally wake up, you notice that you were in a terrible accident. You see your friend lying inside the car. Your friend s neck has been broken by the impact of the airbag on the passenger side of the car. Airbags are thought to be a great safety feature on automobiles, but they have caused many injuries and deaths in all kinds of accidents. Even though air bags are designed to save lives, they can be harmful or fatal to some people. Airbags should be more safe, have an easy access to turn off airbags, or they should only be installed in the front of the automobiles. Airbags can be found in most recently manufactured automobiles.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (Insurance Institute) web page, Over 107 million (52%) of the over 207 million cars and light trucks on U.S. roads have driver airbags. Over 81 million (39.4%) of these also have passenger airbags. Another one million new vehicles with airbags are being sold each month. Many vehicles have airbags, and the statistics show that more people have been surviving frontal accidents with airbags. Airbags in cars can function correctly if simple procedures are followed. Summarizing the Buckling Up And Getting Into The Correct Position web page, anyone who drives a car with an airbag has the option of taking them out, or should have a switch installed to turn off the airbag. If you leave the airbag on or

installed, you must keep the steering wheel at least 10 inches away from you at all times, and have the airbag pointing at your chest, to prevent head and neck injury. If the wheel is less than 10 inches away from you, adjust the seat as far back as you can while reaching the pedals comfortably. Following these rules will lead to the best possible way to stay safe during an accident. Airbags have saved more lives during accidents, but they also caused a small percentage of injury or death. Some of those were due to a very simple fender bender. Adults are more likely to survive collisions with an airbag than children are, because the airbag is extremely dangerous for all children. According to the Insurance Institute, Deaths are about 34 percent higher than expected among child

passengers younger than 10. Children are too small to be hit by an airbag. The airbag inflates towards the same area every time. The difference in size results in children being hit in the face by airbags. For adults, the airbag inflates towards the chest then expands up to the head. Children are not the only ones in risk of an injury from airbags. According to Insurance Institute, Since 1990, 170 deaths reportedly have been caused by airbags inflating in low severity crashes. These deaths include 63 drivers, plus many others with a majority of children. According to The Oracle, Turning off the airbags web page, When an airbag deploys, there is an explosion in the dash and steering wheel that releases the airbags at a speed of 200 mph. This force has been found to be the cause of

many deaths, mostly being children. And the explosion that propels the airbag can cause chemical burns and even blindness. The dangers of airbags are so great that car manufacturers now put warning labels in vehicles explaining the dangers. With the technology we have today, we should be able to come up with a better safety feature than an airbag. If there is nothing to replace airbags, we should be able to change the settings of the airbags. An example would be being able to set the airbag so it would only inflate at a higher speed collision. Also according to the Oracle, Automobile manufacturers have the airbags sensors set on a 10-12 mph collision. Airbags fill up under 1/20 of a second, considering that the blink of an eye is 1/10 of a second. They inflate at an extremely