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SIDE AIRBAG

KNEE AIRBAG
SIDE IMPACT AIRBAG
Side-impact air bags (SABs)
are inflatable devices that
are designed to help
protect the head and/or
chest in the event of a
serious crash involving the
side of the vehicle. There
are three main types of
SABs: chest (or torso) SABs,
head SABs and
head/chest combination
(or "combo") SABs
CHEST AIRBAG
Chest (or torso)
SABs are mounted
in the side of the
seat or in the door Seat mounted
and are designed
to help protect an
adult's chest in a
serious side-impact
crash

Door mounted
HEAD AIRBAG
Head SABs are usually
mounted in the roof rail
above the side windows and
are designed to help protect
an adult's head in a side-
impact crash. There are two Curtain airbag
types of head
SABs: curtain SABs
and tubular SABs. Typically,
curtain SABs help protect
both front and rear
occupants in a side-impact
crash; some may also
provide protection from
ejection if your car rolls over
after being struck on the
side.
Tubular airbag
HEAD/CHEST COMBINATION
Head/chest
combination
("combo") SABs are
usually mounted in the
side of the seat and are
typically larger than
chest (or torso)
SABs. Combo SABs are
designed to help
protect both the head
and chest of an adult
HOW DOES IT WORK
SABs inflate in a fraction of a second
Designed to help keep the head and/or
chest from being hit by hard objects both
inside and outside your vehicle in serious
side-impact crashes.
Air bags may stay inflated for several
seconds during a crash for additional
protection in the event of a rollover
BENEFFITS OF SABs
SABs can provide significant safety benefits to
adults in side impact crashes.
NHTSA estimates that if all the vehicles on U.S.
roads were equipped with head protection
SABs, 700 to 1,000 lives would be saved.
60 percent of those killed have suffered brain
injuries.
Reduce serious chest injuries in side-impact
collisions by approximately 25%
KNEE AIRBAG
Knee airbags are
designed to reduce leg
injury and can be
mounted on both the
driver and passenger
sides.
Knee airbags are located
below the steering
column on the driver's
side. On passenger side
the airbag is usually
mounted below the glove
box.
KNEE AIRBAG
Knee airbags significantly
reduce the risk for injuries
to the knee, thigh and hip.
Although these injuries are
not fatal,
they often cause life-
long disability and
represent 23% of the
active-life years lost due to
injury in frontal crashes
involving motor vehicles.
KNEE AIRBAG
The knee airbag not
only reduces leg
injuries but also
provides benefits for
the head and chest
by keeping the
occupant in the
proper position to
receive maximum
protection afforded
by the regular frontal
airbag.