Adults, too, can be severely injured if the car safety features are not utilized correctly.
- Be sure to use lap belts and shoulder belts every time you get in to a car, as air bags are meant to supplement safety belts.
- Seats should be as far from the dashboard as possible, both for the driver and the passenger, and especially for those who are shorter or smaller in size.
- Unless seat belts are used correctly, air bags cannot do their job. Wear the lap belt low over the hips and beneath your abdomen. Adjust the shoulder belt so that it fits snugly over the collar bone and breast bone, away from the neck.
- According to the Department of Transportation, seat belts saved nearly 15,000 lives in 2003.
- Air bags are most effective when children are buckled up in the back seat and everyone has their seat belts on.
- Air bags are not oversized pillows. They explode out of the dashboard at up to 200 miles per hour. This rate of force can cause serious injuries if passengers are not properly using other safety features.
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