Air Bags

Air bags, when used properly with safety belts, cushion drivers and passengers as they move forward in a front-end crash. By providing a cushion, the air bag keeps the head, neck and chest from hitting the steering column or dashboard, and reduces the force of impact.

If your vehicle is equipped with air bags:

  • Always buckle up and have all passengers in the vehicle buckle up.
  • Move your seat back so that you are at least ten inches from the steering wheel.
  • If your steering wheel is adjustable, tilt it downward. This points the air bag toward your chest instead of your head and neck.
  • Children ages 12 and under are safer buckled up in the back seat.

For more information about air bags, including applying for an on/off switch, contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at or toll-free hotline at 1-800-424-9393.

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