Passenger's hips smashed after putting her feet on dashboard in car

Passenger's hips smashed after putting her feet on dashboard in car

Why Is it Dangerous to Ride with Your Feet on the Dashboard?

There are a number of reasons why this behavior is hazardous:

  • Airbag force. Airbags deploy with a great amount of pressure, and usually help save lives with minimal injury. But if a passenger isn't sitting properly, the sudden release may push a passenger’s feet up through the roof or through a broken windshield. Airbag deployment can also force a person’s legs backward toward their faces at a speed of over 100 mph, breaking legs, pelvises, noses, foreheads, and jawbones.
  • Seatbelt positioning. Seatbelts are designed to secure occupants while they're sitting upright. If a passenger is angled differently, the constriction of the belt may harm vital organs or sever limbs.
  • Rollover accidents. If a vehicle rolls over in an accident and slides across the pavement, a passenger's lower body may be irrevocably damaged because of lack of protection from knee and chest airbags.
  • Auto defects and poor design. All vehicles must be at least reasonably free of design defects to be considered crashworthy. Airbags may deploy for no reason or shoot fragments of steel, while improperly-constructed dashboards can slice feet open or shove knees onto the passenger’s shoulders in a crash.

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How Does Deployment Cause Airbag Injuries During A Car Accident?

Between the years 1987 and 2017, airbags saved the lives of more than 50,400 people. While this is certainly a high number, airbags can also be dangerous and cause serious injuries.

After a traffic accident, the most common cause of an injury due to an airbag is when the airbag is faulty or the crash sensor has malfunctioned.

The following are ways that your vehicle’s crash sensor could malfunction:

  • the sensor does not release the airbags when a collision happens
  • the sensor deploys the airbags in a non-collision situation
  • the sensor deploys the airbags too late during a collision
  • the sensor does not deploy all airbags when a crash is detected

When the crash sensor deploys the airbags too late, it can cause serious harm due to the fact that the passengers’ heads or bodies are now too close to the airbag when it deploys. This means that someone’s body or head is impacted by a 200-mile-per-hour airbag with up to 2,000 pounds of force.

How close the passenger and car occupants are to the airbag at the time of the collision can significantly affect their susceptibility to injury as a result of airbag deployment. The closer a person is to the airbag when it deploys, the more likely they are to be hurt by the airbag.

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