Re: air bags dangerous?
Airbags are really only dangerous when people don't do what they're supposed to do. There are always exceptions to the rule, but that is basically the truth. Of course, I don't know anything about your cousin or her situation, and I'm not trying to say she did anything wrong.
I was just looking up info from the NHTSA.:
In the past 14 years, 246 people have been killed by arbags, and over 12,000 (possibly as many as 15,500) lives have been saved by airbags.
Of those killed, 129 were children not in proper car seats.
At LEAST 56 of the 246 people killed were adult drivers not using the seat belt or were using it improperly.
7 of the 246 were unbelted passengers
That means 192 out of 246 (78%) people killed by airbags in 14 years were not doing what they were supposed to. I'll take those odds any day.
Only ONE fetus is reported as dying from an airbag, and the mother was unbelted. It doesn't say how far along mom was.
Again, from the NHTSA:
What if I'm pregnant? Should I disconnect my air bag? No, not unless you are a member of a risk group. Pregnant women should follow the same advice as other adults: buckle up and stay back from the air bag. The lap belt should be positioned low on the abdomen, below the fetus, with the shoulder belt worn normally. Pull any slack out of the belt. Just as for everyone else, the greatest danger to a pregnant woman comes from slamming her head, neck or chest on the steering wheel in a crash. When crashes occur, the fetus can be injured by striking the lower rim of the steering wheel or from crash forces concentrated in the area where a seat belt crosses the mother's abdomen. By helping to restrain the upper chest, the seat belt will keep a pregnant woman as far as possible from the steering wheel. The air bag will spread out the crash forces that would otherwise be concentrated by the seat belt.
Just my opinion, but I guess like anything else, you just have to take all the information you have available to you, and make the best decision you can. I hope this helps!
Identical boys, Max and Jack born 3/19/05!
Last edited by Lawgirl; 08-22-2004 at 04:00 PM.