According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 1.4 million recalls in 2004, were related to air bag safety problems. In 2003, only about 350,000 recalls were related to air bag problems. NHTSA closely monitors air bag systems and the technology is getting more scrutiny since new regulations mandating smart air bags went into effect. Air bags continue to get more complex. Many of the air bag recalls involve wiring problems that could result in the air bags not going off when needed.
Of course, no one knows about these air bag problems and defects until it’s too late. Air bags have been the cause of injuries and deaths. Air bag systems were developed for the 5 ft 8 inch, 180 pound male and have only been tested to meet their needs. No consideration has been given to people who have to sit closer to the steering wheel. Nor did the requirements consider children, or people who have medical reasons (such as heart conditions or osteoporosis) of why an exploding air bag could be fatal.
Air bags detonate with around 2,000 pounds of force at speeds that can exceed 200 miles per hour. Knowing how to protect yourself and your passengers can help prevent unnecessary injuries or even deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given automobile manufacturers until 2012 to provide advanced air bags, but so far no companies have yet developed an air bag system that meets the new criteria.
Adults are susceptible to brain, head, and neck injuries and to a significant increase in spinal and torso injuries. The elderly and others with medical conditions such as osteoporosis, heart conditions, dialysis, and Crone's disease are at greater risks from exploding air bags.
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