Tag: airbags

33 Posts

Nov 01, 1997

Are the majority of airbag related deaths caused by not wearing a seatbelt?

Dear Car Talk

I keep reading that air bags are dangerous and are responsible for a number of deaths especially in children and short people Since of course air bags are supposed to be used together with seat belts I wonder if any...

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Aug 01, 1997

Will thumping away on the steering wheel with my drumsticks cause the airbag to deploy?

Dear Car Talk

Being a musical kind of guy I often pass the time at long lights by drumming on the steering wheel of my Mercedes C- with a pair of drumsticks I keep in the driver's door pocket Incredibly my -year-old daughter...


Apr 01, 1997

How can I protect myself from my own airbag when I'm only 5 feet tall and must sit close to the steering wheel?

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have here is not a trivial lava lamp type question but a serious life or death kind of problem I'm a little surprised you haven't addressed this one yet Nearly a year ago my stalled VW Cabriolet got creamed from...

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Aug 01, 1996

Is it safe to smoke a pipe in an airbag equipped car?

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Is there any inherent danger in pipe smoking and driving a car with air bags Could a person survive the accident yet receive serious injury from having the pipe jammed down his throat -- Richard TOM Absolutely If you happen...

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Aug 01, 1994

Will airbags work even if the ignition is off?

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Does the ignition key have to be on to make the air bags work Or will they work even if the ignition is off I would think the latter is the case so that if one had motor trouble and...


Apr 01, 1993

Wearing sunglasses while driving in a car with airbags?

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My husband recently bought his first car with a driver's side airbag Since then he hesitates to wear his sunglasses while driving If the airbag inflates he does not want to receive a serious eye injury because of the metal...

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Mar 01, 1993

Why didn't we recommend the Chevy Lumina to Brenda? Safety concerns, that's why.

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My questions is WHAT HAPPENED As a loyal reader I was cruising your column looking for solutions to all my relatives' car problems In the question from Brenda who was looking for a new car I thought I knew which...

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Mar 01, 1993

Will my airbag and seatbelt work if I'm hit while sitting in a parking lot?

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I love your column and I have two questions If you're sitting in the drivers seat in a parking lot with the engine off and you're hit head on will the airbag activate How can I check my seat belt...

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Aug 01, 1991

It's taken Ford a long time to catch up.

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You really blew it in a recent column in which you talked about cars that have both driver and passenger side air bags You neglected to mention the Lincoln Town Car I have a Town Car with driver and passenger...

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Jul 01, 1991

Air bags alone aren't good enough.

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In one of your recent columns you discussed the subject of air bags and I though your comments were very accurate and the sort of thing the motoring public needs to hear However I wish you had emphasized even more...

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