Airbags are meant to protect and save people from the risk of getting hurt inside the vehicle during an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, airbags have saved over 50,457 lives from 1987 to 2017.
In the U.S., airbags are a mandatory car safety feature along with seatbelts, based on the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. But, airbags may also cause injuries because of how they are deployed. This mechanism pops out of the dashboard at a high speed, and it may be warm, covered with chemicals, or dusty.
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