Airbags save lives, but they also can lead to serious injuries and even
death, especially if you sit too close to the steering wheel. According
to ConsumerAffairs.com, a recent study by the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety of 35 airbag-related deaths found that 25 of the victims
were women between 4'7" and 5'5" in height. Eleven of
these women had
their seat positioned too close to the steering wheel when the airbag deployed.
You can reduce the possibility of airbag-related injuries by properly adjusting
your seat so that you sit farther than 10 inches from the steering wheel,
measured from the center of the steering wheel to your chest. If you cannot operate the vehicle in a safe and comfortable manner from
this position, due to your physical dimensions, pedal extenders should
be considered. Pedal extenders are after-market equipment which allow
shorter drivers to sit farther back from the steering wheel and operate
their vehicle safely.
If you have been injured in a car accident and you believe your injuries
were made worse by contact with the airbag,
call my office today for a
free consultation to discuss your case.