Technology is improving to meet the specific needs for all
occupant types protected by air bag restraints. However, even in advanced frontal air bag
equipped vehicles, NHTSA still recommends that you:
wear your safety belt. Advanced frontal bags
are a supplemental restraint system, just like earlier
generation bags, and must be used in combination with
a safety belt. All occupants should wear a safety belt or
be seated in an appropriate child safety restraint system.
children 12 and under in the back seat. Parents
and caregivers should always place children 12 and under
in the back seat in an appropriate child safety restraint
system (see Child Safety Seat Use Chart, http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/CPS/).
The back seat is the safest place for children. Head-on
crashes cause the greatest number of serious injuries and
deaths. A child sitting in the back seat is farthest away
from the impact of the crash and thus is less likely to be
injured in a head-on crash.
out your owners manual.
Advanced frontal air bag systems, while smart systems,
cannot be designed to handle every situation and can still cause serious injury or
death to occupants who are not in a proper seating
position. It is imperative that you read your
owners manual to understand the operation of your
vehicles air bag system.
What are advanced frontal air bags?
Advanced frontal air bags are designed to meet the
needs of the occupant in a variety of specific crash
situations. Depending on design, advanced frontal air bags
systems automatically determine if and with
what level of power the driver frontal air
bags and the passenger frontal air bag will
inflate. The appropriate level of power is based upon sensor
inputs that can typically detect
(1) occupant size,
(3) seat belt use of the occupant, and
Some systems also use the occupants distance from
the air bag as an additional input.
Car History & Diminished Value
History databases on used cars are extensive and readily available.
When it comes time for you to sell a previously damaged used car, a buyer can
very easy to claim diminished value due to any damage.
Used cars that have been in car accidents are
often worth substantially less money than used cars that dont have car accident histories. As a result, its important to know that the car youre looking to buy has not
suffered serious damage repairs if you want to get a fair price. Air bags are
often stolen by unscrupulous car repair shops or replaced with defective air
When youre shopping for used cars, make sure that you check all the information about the cars youre looking at before you make a purchase.
It's easy to discover what car accident information is listed on your car for
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A little money now can save you thousands when buying a
vehicle that looks perfect, but just had great body work finished to complete the sale.
When you've settled on a used car, it's recommended to get the