If you are like many people in Connecticut, you are interested in features for your vehicle that can keep you or your loved ones safe in the event of a motor vehicle accident. Airbags are one safety feature that have been around for some time now and it is important that you understand how they may help you and how they may even hurt you.

As explained by Cars Direct, the rate of deployment of an airbag in a motor vehicle may be up to 200 miles per hour. Understanding this underscores why people are routinely instructed not to position their seats too close to the steering wheel or to the front dash on the passenger side. It is also why children are instructed to sit in the back seat versus in the front seat, including youngers in rear-facing car seats. A person who sits very close to an airbag that deploys may be at risk for whiplash, a concussion or even injuries to the chest. 

These dangers, however, do not negate the fact that airbags can and have protected many people against death in serious accidents. Defective airbags are another risk consumers should keep aware of so they can have faulty products replaced.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits and risks associated with airbags in passenger vehicles and how these may play into the injuries sustained in an accident, please feel free to visit the airbag protection and injury page of our Connecticut personal injury website.