- Posted July 25, 2014 by
Air Bag Safety For Short & Smaller Adults
Did you know that airbags were designed and tested with the average male in mind who stands at about 5'7 and 170 lbs? Adults who are extremely petite or short may be seriously injured in low impact accidents such as those in parking lots from the actual force of hitting the air bag instead of the collision itself. Most of the fatalities cause by air bag deployment were petite and smaller women under 5'2. Being a smidge under 5ft tall and 100 lbs myself I realize that the average car was not designed with me in mind. Here are a few tips to keep safe behind the wheel.
One of the easiest ways to stay safe is to make sure there is at least a 10” difference between your chest and the steering wheel. Most newer cars have adjustable driver seats: adjust the height and distance so that you are still able to drive safely without sitting too close to the wheel. Some individuals may need to have pedal extenders installed if they are unable to reach the pedals while keeping a safe distance. Some vehicles may be more short-stature friendly than others so make sure to test drive the vehicle before purchase in order to make sure that you can drive safely without having to sit too closely to the wheel.