Initially, airbags were intended as a seat belt replacement considering the low voluntary implementation of seat belt usage in the 1970’s. There are many reasons why that concept had to change, including, but not limited to the fact that unseat-belted occupants were much more likely to suffer unnecessary injuries once the airbag was deployed than occupants who were employing the shoulder harness and lap belt restraint system. Passengers of vehicles would have a tendency to position themselves low in the seat when not wearing a seat belt and would take the brunt of the airbag deployment directly into their face which would likely cause fatal head injuries.
Today, airbag systems are now designated as Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS). Initially, an airbag was introduced as an option in 1980 on Mercedes Benz S-class vehicles. Porsche became the first car in the world to have standard driver and passenger airbags, followed by the Honda Legend. But it was Chrysler that made airbags standard across its entire product line.
The victims of most car accidents including victims of Fort Lauderdale car accidents, first experience after the deployment of an airbag due to a collision, is the sensation that the vehicle is on fire due to the experience of the passenger compartment filling up with an obnoxious smoke, followed by the experience of the foul smell of the chemicals that are used to lubricate the deployment of the airbags.
While there is a very simple scientific explanation for what has occurred, the victim of a Fort Lauderdale car crash with airbag deployment’s first reaction is to immediately exit the vehicle under the fear that the vehicle is on fire or is about to explode. Unfortunately, this causes many a victim who might otherwise be well advised to remain motionless at the risk of causing additional injury to rush from the vehicle. Continued in next Blog….