What is an AIR-BAGS purpose?
Air-bags reduce the chance of your head or upper body colliding with the vehicle's interior during a car crash. To avoid an air-bag-related injury, make sure you are properly seated and have your seat belt on correctly because air-bags are designed to work with your seat belts, not to replace them.
Where are they located in the Car?
Air-bags can be build into the dashboard, steering wheel, seats, doors and in the sides of a vehicle.
How do they work?
If a crash occurs, your airbag will deploys in a split second. As the car sensors detect the sudden dramatic change of speed and sends an electric signal to an ignitor. This generates heat and a chemical reaction occurs, which inflates the car's air-bags.
Should I ensure the car I drive has Air-Bags?
According to TfNSW driving a car with side airbags, your chance of a serious head injury is about 1%. But without side airbags, this jumps to 98 per cent. With such a huge reduction in injury statistics with the inclusion of only one set of air-bags, we believe the answer is undeniably YES!
See how side airbags could save your life in a side-on crash into a pole or tree below: