Today we focus on the now ubiquitous airbags. Safercar.gov has a highly useful webpage about the effectiveness and proper usage of airbags. http://www.safercar.gov/portal/site/safercar/menuitem.13dd5c887c7e1358fefe0a2f35a67789/?vgnextoid=1e85d776ff8af110VgnVCM1000002fd17898RCRD
The extent of the information available is so great that we will cover it in general terms in this discussion.
The webpage discusses proper air bag use; keep 10 inches distance from your breastplate and don't put children under 13 years of age in the front seat and also the different kinds and locations of airbags.
The U.S. government estimates that front air bags have saved over 25,000 lives between 1987 and 2008.
While side-impact air bags have been on the scene for as long as frontal air bags they have not been required by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and consequently are not as prevalent. There are three types of side-impact air bags, head, torso and head/torso.
With new side-impact safety requirements effective September 11th, 2007 it seems likely that side-impact air bags will become the norm.
Vehicles with side-impact protection are quite prevalent throughout Maryland including our home base, Prince Georges County and are seen as a positive force in reducing the severity of car crashes in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.