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What is the Safest Way to Ride in Front of an Airbag?

First, move the seat back and buckle up — every time, every trip. The lap belt needs to fit over your hips, not your abdomen, and the shoulder belt should lie on your chest and over your shoulder. Remove any slack from the belt. In a crash, seat belts stretch and slow down your movement toward the steering wheel or ... Read More »

Availability of Manufacturer-Produced On-Off Switches

To view individual manufacturer click on the link below. BMW CHRYSLER DODGE PLYMOUTH JEEP EAGLE FORD LINCOLN MERCURY GENERAL MOTORS HONDA ACURA ISUZU MAZDA MERCEDES SUZUKI NISSAN SUBARU TOYOTA BMW Vehicle Line Model Year Availability Status Z3 1998 (production date 10/97) TBD Return to manufacturer list CHRYSLER DODGE PLYMOUTH JEEP EAGLE Vehicle Line Model Year Availability Status Chrysler Cirrus 1995-1998 ... Read More »

An Infant Should Never be Placed in Front of an Airbag!

Although most drivers have heard and are heeding airbag warnings, new research shows that roughly 175,000 babies are still being placed in the front seat, putting them at serious risk. A new survey of parents who have babies under age one reveals which parents are least likely to take the precautions of always properly restraining babies in rear-facing safety seats ... Read More »

How to Ride Safely on the Passenger Side with an Airbag?

Always wear seat belts. This reduces the distance that they can move forward during a crash. Move the seat toward the rear. The distance between a passenger’s chest and the dashboard where the air bag is stored is usually more than 10 inches, even with the passenger seat all the way forward. But more distance is safer. Read More »

Alternatives to Deactivating your Airbags

Airbags save lives and should not be deactivated. There are very few exceptions to this rule. When you have a car with no back seat, children in their safety seats can be put in front with a deactivated bag. If the driver is unable to sit 10″ or more away from the steering wheel, the airbag can be deactivated but ... Read More »

How to be Safe when Driving a Vehicle with an Airbag.

Since the risk zone for driver air bags is the first 2-3 inches of inflation, placing yourself 10 inches from your driver air bag provides you with a clear margin of safety. This distance is measured from the center of the steering wheel to your breastbone. If you now sit less than 10 inches away, you can change your driving ... Read More »

AAA Survey Finds Repair Shops Unwilling to Install Airbag Switches

An informal survey of auto repair facilities by AAA reveals that nearly two-thirds of shops currently won’t install air-bag on-off switches because of concerns about potential liability. In a survey of 700 new car dealerships and other repair facilities in 29 states, only 16 percent of shops said they plan on installing switches for motorists who have authorization from the ... Read More »

Request Form for Authorization to Install an Airbag On-Off Switch

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION OMB. No. 2127-0588Expiration Date: 11/30/00 REQUEST FOR AIR BAG ON-OFF SWITCH Vehicle Owner or Lessee Instructions: Read the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) information brochure, “Air Bags & On-Off Switches, Information for an Informed Decision.” If you want authorization for an on-off switch for your driver air bag, passenger ... Read More »

Airbag Update

There’s no denying it; air bags do save lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 1600 accident victims are alive today because of an air bag. However, air bags can also kill. The decapitation of a one-year-old girl in Idaho just before Thanksgiving of 1996 increased the number of child fatalities caused by air bags to ... Read More »