Air Bags Essay

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Air Bags

Crash! Your car just smashed into the car right in front of you at a speed of 35 mph. The
whole front of your car is smashed but luckily your head isn't, thanks to the airbag
deploying. This scenario happened over 2.9 million times through August, 1998. Airbags
significantly reduce the risk of being killed in a crash. The risk of being killed, if you
have your seatbelt on, is reduced by 26% and 32% if you don't have a belt on and the
airbag goes off. Airbags also reduce the risk of serious head injuries by 75% if used with
a shoulder and lap belt.

Yes, airbags save lives, but they have also been known to seriously hurt or kill people,
especially children. Since 1990, about 113 deaths have been caused by airbags inflating in
not serious accidents. 51 of these deaths were children, most of whom were not using a
seat belt. Small children and airbags don't mix. Children shouldn't be in the front seat
because the force of the airbag is usually too much for them. Never put a rear facing
child seat in the front seat of the car. If the airbag goes off, the seat will be pushed
forward and the child may get squeezed between the back of the seat and the airbag.
Children are less likely to be killed in a crash if they are in the back seat.

If someone must put a child in the front seat, they may want to have an on/off switch for
the airbag installed on the passenger side. On/off switches are used to prevent the airbag
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