Car maintenance is not just about the longevity of your car. It’s also about your safety while driving. One of the most important safety features in your car is the airbag system. However, many drivers don’t think about their airbags until they need them. In this article, we’ll discuss five important things you need to know about airbags to ensure your safety on the road.
Airbags are not a substitute for seat belts
Airbags are designed to work in conjunction with seat belts to provide the most effective protection in the event of an accident. Airbags are not a substitute for seat belts, and should never be relied on as such. In fact, not wearing a seat belt can increase your risk of injury when an airbag deploys.
Airbags require regular maintenance
Airbags are a critical safety feature in your car, but they require regular maintenance to ensure they function properly when you need them. The airbag system includes sensors, wiring, and control modules that need to be checked and serviced periodically. In addition, if your car has been in an accident, it’s important to have the airbag system inspected and possibly replaced to ensure it’s functioning properly.
Airbags can be dangerous if not used properly
Airbags are designed to deploy at high speeds to cushion the impact of a collision. However, if you are too close to the airbag when it deploys, or if you are not properly seated, you can be injured by the airbag itself. Children under 13 should always ride in the back seat to reduce the risk of injury from airbags.
Airbags have limitations
Airbags are designed to protect passengers in frontal collisions, but they are not effective in all types of accidents. They are not designed to protect against side-impact or rear-end collisions, and they may not deploy in low-speed accidents. It’s important to always wear your seat belt and follow safe driving practices to reduce your risk of being in an accident.
Airbags can save your life
Despite their limitations, airbags are a critical safety feature in your car and can save your life in the event of a collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), airbags saved over 50,000 lives between 1987 and 2017. In addition, newer cars are equipped with advanced airbag systems that provide even greater protection.
At New Again Auto Repair, we prioritize the safety of our customers and their vehicles. While we do not replace airbags, we can perform regular maintenance and inspections on your airbag system to ensure it’s functioning properly. If you’ve been in an accident and need airbag replacement, we can refer you to a qualified specialist. Don’t neglect the safety of your car’s airbag system. Contact New Again Auto Repair today to schedule a maintenance appointment and keep your vehicle safe on the road.
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