The importance of the airbag is that it reduces the risk of death of a driver and his co-pilot by up to 30% in accidents with a frontal collision.
The airbag is considered, in combination with the seat belt , as one of the best systems to reduce injuries caused by a traffic accident.
Why is the airbag important for road safety? Its use is essential because it reduces the risk of death of a driver and his co-pilot by up to 30% in accidents with a frontal collision.
Over time, the airbag has evolved . In recent years, the more or less severe burn problems and the temporary deafness they caused have been minimized. Through technology, the risk to people’s physical integrity has been much lower. This is so thanks to the great advancement in electronics and security control systems.
Types of airbag for the car and Motorcycle
We all know what an airbag is for, airbag, but do we know what parts of a vehicle can be equipped with it?
Car air bag precautions
We must always avoid having the chest less than 25 centimeters from the steering wheel or glove compartment .
We must remember one more precaution, such as deactivating it if we travel with a child in the opposite direction to the ride in the passenger seat. In any case, after having an accident, it is a good idea to stop by the workshop and check the condition of the airbags. There are services in the market such as mechanical guarantee of RACE Unlimited that pay you up to 100% of the cost of the most common faults of your car.
And it should not be forgotten that in order for the airbag to fulfill its function, the vehicle occupant must go with the seat belt correctly fastened.
The motorcycle airbag has also evolved a lot in recent years. It has been shown to have very favorable effects on the safety levels of motorcycles. Two situations were tested in a RACE trial.
For motorists there are several types of airbags, but none are mandatory, and at the moment they are also scarce among the manufacturers’ offer.
The most common is the vest-type airbag and can carry some type of sensor that detects when a fall is taking place. The airbag included in this airbag vest inflates in a few thousandths of a second. These vests can be found both integrated into a jacket and in a vest format that you would wear over the motorcycle jacket. Similar in operation, we find more evolved airbags in other types of motorcycle gear , such as jackets or overalls, which protect the chest, back and neck.
Helmets with airbags are also offered, which would be activated when detecting an impact with the aim of protecting the cervicals. In this same line we can find the ‘Neck Brace’ or a kind of carbon fiber collar that protects the neck area. Used with full face helmets.
The bicycle airbag
Bicycle users also have their own airbag. A few years ago, a type of air bag created specifically for cyclists began to be commercialized, consisting of a device that is placed like a scarf and that, in the event of a collision, inflates in milliseconds, forming a kind of helmet with its bag, which almost completely covers the head and neck.
While worn, it simply looks like just another outerwear, and is available with the outer lining in various color combinations, with designs very similar to sportswear. This system not only tries to replace the conventional bicycle helmet, but also improves it by including neck protection, often the most important part, which is often forgotten.
For cyclists, an airbag vest is also offered that inflates when it detects that the cyclist is involved in a collision, protecting his neck, chest and back.