Air bags save lives.
However, two things must be kept in mind regarding the deployment of your air bag during a crash: (1) the air bag is a supplemental safety device; and (2) safety precautions must be taken to minimize the risk of your air bag actually causing injury during deployment.
The primary restraint system in all vehicles are the lap and shoulder belts. As a secondary, or supplemental safety device, air bags work best when all passengers are properly buckled, secured and restrained in their seats. Safety belts must be used with air bags. When this is done, the risk of injury or death from a motor vehicle crash is greatly reduced.
Overall, air bags add to the protection offered by seat belts. But what about the stories of air bag deployments causing serious injuries? The chances of this occurring are extremely remote. Air bags, when used in conjunction with safety belts, prevent far more injuries and deaths than they cause. But certain safety precautions must be observed.
In order to do its job cushioning the impact of crash in a mere fraction of a second, air bags come out of the dashboard at up to 200 miles per hour. This force can injure those who are too close to the air bag's deployed space. Therefore, it's essential that the occupants are properly positioned in their seats in order to create a safe distance -- at least 10 inches -- between them and the air bag.
It's for this reason that the Florida Highway Patrol and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put out safety tips designed to substantially reduce the risk of injuries from air bags. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office urges all motorists to review the safety tips below and keep them in mind when getting behind the wheel, sitting as a passenger in a moving vehicle or restraining young children inside a vehicle.
Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352
Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151