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What You Should Know About Automobile Air Bags

What You Should Know About Automobile Air Bags

Global statistics support the overall benefit of air bags — when used properly.  At the same time, however, the chiropractic community wants patients to be aware of certain dangers associated with air bags — specifically injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system.

While air bags save lives, they are no substitute for seat belts.  The two safety devices were designed to work in tandem.

Here are some tips for safe air bag use:

  • Sit no closer than ten inches away from the steering column.
  • Wear a secure seat belt at all times.
  • Position hands at “nine” and “three.”
  • Don’t allow children less than four feet tall to ride in the front seat.
  • Ban rear-facing infant or child seats in the front passenger side of a car with an air bag.
  • Replace your deployed air bag with a factory model — not one from a salvage yard.

If you or members of your family are involved in a motor-vehicle accident, call our office immediately and schedule an appointment.  As your partners in health, we will do everything we can to see you as soon as possible.Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Education

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