2 Important Passenger Airbag Safety Precautions

A passenger airbag will protect other people while the car is moving. You should be aware that there are some steps that you need to take to ensure that your passenger airbag works properly and will deploy in the event of an emergency. This is not always as easy as it seems, so taking the right precautions will ensure that your passengers are as protected as possible.

Take a Note of the Weight

An airbag in a steering wheel.

Most passenger airbags have a weight system which affects their deployment. There must be significant weight on the passenger seat to prime the airbag, usually around 60 to 70 pounds. If there is not enough weight on the seat — such as if a child is sitting there — then the airbag will not deploy. You need to take precautions when using the airbag with a child to ensure that the device will deploy as needed.

Take a Note of the Size

Airbags in the front seat of a car.

Just as the passenger airbag being affected by weight, you should also take a note of the size of the airbag. As it is designed to protect an adult, an airbag can suffocate or injure a child. You may consider replacing the one in the passenger side of your car with a smaller version if necessary.