What You Need to Know about Airbag Maintenance

Published on: 19 June 2015

Two of your car’s most crucial safety features are its seatbelts and airbags. Since their common inclusion in motor vehicles since 1997, they have greatly reduced the incidences of severe injuries and fatalities in motorists involved in collisions. In order for your airbag to potentially save your life in the event of an accident, it is important that they are regularly checked and maintained.

Read on to find out all you need to know about your vehicle’s airbag maintenance:

  • One of the most important parts of an airbag’s functionality are the crash sensors, which trigger the airbag’s inflation and release on impact. These need to be inspected regularly by a mechanic, or a certified car technician, to ensure that they are working adequately.
  • Read the airbag section in your car’s instruction manual. You will find details regarding warning lights, when to have your airbag checked by a professional, and how to position your seats and steering wheel to provide you and your passengers with the optimum level of protection.
  • It is advisable to have your airbags checked once at least every four years. If you are involved in a fender bender whereby your airbags do not deploy, have them checked anyway.
  • Airbags should always be repaired or replaced following an accident where they have deployed. Ensure that a diagnostics test is completed before you drive off.

Whilst proper airbag maintenance is important, so is driving and using your car in such a way so as to ensure that your airbags offer you the best protection possible. Here are some pointers:

  • Always wear your seatbelt. Your seatbelt, coupled with your airbag, are your best injury prevention mechanisms.
  • If you drive a vehicle that allows for tilting of the steering wheel, ensure that the steering wheel is directed at your chest instead of your head. The airbag needs to protect your chest and shoulders from injury, rather than hitting you in the face.
  • Sit at least 10 inches away from the steering wheel to prevent a heavy blow from the airbag deployment.
  • Do not place a rear-facing child-safety-seat in the front passenger seat when your vehicle is fitted with airbags.

With the right maintenance and driving habits, you can ensure that your airbag will protect you as best as possible in a collision. Never ignore any warning lights relating to your airbags and stay buckled up and vigilant on the roads.

If you have an accident and are saved by your trusty airbag, make sure that you have reliable car insurance too. MiWay can help you with that… so contact us today for an obligation-free insurance quote.

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