Air bags are designed to provide vehicle occupants with extra protection in a crash. Depending on the make and model, today’s vehicles may have air bags in a variety of locations, including the steering wheel, dashboard, roof columns and door panels. Sensors within the vehicle determine when an air bag will deploy based on the type and severity of the crash. For the best protection, always wear a seat belt, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Seat belts remain the best protection in rollover, side impact and rear-end crashes.
- The front passenger air bag must be deactivated if a child in a rear-facing child-restraint system is placed in the front seat.
- Parents or guardians are encouraged to seat all children ages 12 and younger in the rear seat of the vehicle to avoid potential injury from an air bag in the event of a crash.
- It is recommended that drivers sit with at least 10 inches of space between the center of their breastbone and the center of the steering wheel.
• If you are pregnant, it is recommended that you wear your seat belt with the lap portion of the belt correctly positioned over the hips (not the stomach) and the shoulder portion across the chest. Sit as far back as possible from the air bag.