Thursday, March 22, 2012 4:15:30 PM
"An acquaintance of my sister - a petite woman - was riding with her husband when they had a minor accident. The bag went off, breaking her neck, and she died instantly. Just horrible."
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 6:40:38 PM
Makes me wonder if they should be adjustable since a five foot, 100 pound woman gets the same treatment as a 6'4" 300 lb linebacker.
Modern ones are often adjustable, at least at the more expensive end. Auto-adjusting in some cases, with sensors detecting things such as seat position, restraints used and even the weight of the person.
That happened because of deaths, like your sister`s acquaintance. The early models were calibrated for an average adult with an average seating position and not wearing a seatbelt, so they were wrong for probably most people.
But they`re still not safe for very small people, so children should always be in the back.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 3:40:14 PM
I had a concussion and a burn on my face from an airbag. I think a plastic bit from the dashboard also hit me, I'll never know. Never saw it coming, was reading the newspaper in the passenger seat. :[
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:25:48 PM
I hit a tree once at 5 mph. Meant to hit the brakes while parking though. It was only a bump, but the airbag deployed and broke my nose and gave me two black eyes. I lied and said I was defending a woman against a pack of rapists.