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Airbags 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 isnt thanks to the airbag deploying This scenario happened over 29 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 dont 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 dont mix Children shouldnt 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 onoff switch for the airbag installed on the passenger side Onoff switches are used to prevent the airbag from going off in an accident but they arent recommended for most people You only need an airbag switch on the drivers side if your legs are too short to reach the pedals and have your torso 10 inches away from the steering wheel Passenger side switches should only be used if
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