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Everything You Need to Know About Air Bags

July 01, 2020

Airbags are critical components to all modern cars. They deploy when your car gets into a collision, whether from the front or sides. You probably don’t give much thought to these important safety features, but yet you rely on them to work in the unfortunate event of an accident. Here’s everything you need to know about air bags.

They Can Be Painful When Deployed

When an airbag goes off, the result to your body can be very painful. The whole crash can be painful, of course, from the broken glass and loud noises to sudden tugs from your seatbelt and then the airbag that blows up in your face. It’s a traumatic thing, to be in a car accident – even a minor one.

Some equate the experience of an airbag deployment with a feeling of being kicked in the face and chest. Airbags are designed to keep you from making contact with the hardest parts of your vehicle, such as the dashboard, steering wheel, windows or doors. But while the force of hitting the airbag may cause an injury to your body such as bruising, abrasions and even broken bones, its presence will save your life and keep you from becoming airborne (paired with your seatbelt of course).

If the airbag goes off, chances are, your car is totaled. However, whether your car is totaled or not will depend on its value and what kind of insurance policy you have. Suffice to say that in most cases, when cars crash with enough force to trigger the airbags, it’s likely they have suffered significant damage. Making a repair to an airbag or replacing it, or even replacing the dashboard, can cost you a few thousand bucks.

Airbags Can Smell Smoky

While your deployed airbag may smell smoky after a crash, this doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a fire. In fact, the components behind airbags contain small explosives that cause them to deploy quickly, often leaving a smoky smell in the air. The first few minutes after a crash can be very confusing and disorienting for many people.

Take a moment to determine if your car is indeed on fire. If so, it’s imperative that you free yourself. It can be more difficult to get out of a car after the airbag has gone off. It may be impossible to open the doors or windows, or perhaps your seatbelt has locked into position to keep you from moving out of your seat easily. Whatever the case, try to remain calm and focus on getting out.

Have a Professional Check Your Car After a Crash

After a crash, always have a professional mechanic give your car a good once-over. They can fix or replace your airbags, and perform any body repair work that needs to be done on the exterior. Whether the airbags deployed in the crash or not, always have your vehicle, especially the airbags and associated computerized safety features, checked by a professional to ensure they are functioning properly to keep you safe going forward.

Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

If you did get into an unfortunate accident and require collision repair or bodywork, contact us in Dallas at 214-214-4720 or in Plano at 214-225-5790.


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