Why do I need a knee airbag?
Vehicles have come a long way from the olden days of no airbags, no heat and no seat belts. In recent days, vehicles have become safer than many other modes of transportation and that’s in part because of the advancing technology that’s becoming more readily available among vehicle manufacturers.
One of those ways technology is helping vehicles become more safe on the roads is by adding more and better-working airbags. One new trend is the driver’s side knee airbag. Why do I need a knee airbag, you ask?
Well, as you have probably guessed, it’s not completely necessary to keep you from surviving a collision. However, these types of airbags are becoming more and more common among sedans and hatchbacks because of the increasing number of leg injuries during a collision. The knee airbag works with the driver-side front airbag to further protect the driver in the event of a frontal collision.
While the best way to protect yourself in the event of a collision is by wearing your seatbelt, airbags are extremely helpful to further protect you and your passengers from any injuries.
Knee airbags are not significant or necessary to completely prevent a fatal injury, they do alleviate the risk of injuries to the knee, thigh and hip. These types of injuries (those to the knees, thighs and hips) can often cause a life-long problem or disability. Hip injuries tend to occur more frequently to drivers than passengers and to unbelted occupants rather than those who are wearing their seatbelts.
Knee airbags were first installed on the drivers side in a vehicle in 1996, and have been standard equipment ever since. Within the last 15 years, passengers side knee air bags have become increasingly common, which deploy over or near the glove compartment.
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