An air bag deployed during my Falls Church auto accident. Could the air bag be responsible for my pulmonary contusion?

Q An air bag deployed during my Falls Church auto accident. Could the air bag be responsible for my pulmonary contusion?

Ans: For the most part, air bags brace and cushion you during the rapid deceleration of a collision. They are there to protect you from the sort of blunt chest trauma that causes dangerous internal injuries like pulmonary contusions.

Air bag contact injuries aren’t unusual, but they usually consist of minor scrapes or burns, not life-threatening internal trauma injuries. In the ten years from 1990 to 2000, when the technology was still relatively new, air bags were directly responsible for less than 200 fatalities.

However, on occasion a deploying airbag might cause or complicate a more serious injury, such as blunt chest trauma. Incidents like these often occur due to improper use, such as the following:

  • The victim is very close or in direct contact with an air bag when it deploys.
  • A driver is unconscious or slumped over the steering wheel.
  • A child under the age of 12 was not in a safety seat properly installed in a back seat.
  • Occupants are not wearing safety restraints or are wearing them incorrectly.
  • A passenger is sitting too close to the steering wheel.
  • There are loose objects attached to or placed near the air bag module.

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