AIRBAG 101Courtesy of Allstate Insurance company
Just as the summer driving season officially kicked off this past Memorial Day, there was some unsettling news about the safety of car airbags. On May 19 the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the need to recall nearly 34 million vehicles because of concerns about the propellant that launches the airbag in the event of an accident.
Although the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, it is by no means the first related to airbag safety. So what do drivers need to know in order to keep themselves and their families safe?
DID YOU KNOW?
What happens after my airbag deploys? Airbags can only be used once. They are programmed to launch when there is an accident involving a significant amount of force, not a minor fender bender. Special care must be taken when replacing a used airbag. Make sure any maintenance or replacements are handled by a trusted dealership that uses certified, original equipment and replacement parts.