A Car’s Dashboard Is No Resting Place

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Sitting back, putting your feet up and getting a little too comfy in the car? It might sound like a relaxing way to spend a road trip, but it is extremely dangerous.

A dashboard typically houses airbags, right where passengers tend to rest their feet or legs. During a collision, airbags inflate in less than 1/20th of a second—at a speed of up to 200 miles per hour! Even if you have quick reflexes, collisions often leave you little to no time to react or reposition your legs. Can you imagine your feet, knees or legs flying at full force toward your face by a rapidly inflating airbag? Yikes!

Put your feet down. And keep them there! Just because there are no laws prohibiting the placement of feet or legs on a dashboard, doesn’t mean you should do it. There are too many horror stories about serious injuries happening to people who had their feet or legs on the dashboard during a collision. We strongly urge you to break the habit before it’s too late.

To avoid airbag-related injuries, make sure you are properly seated and always wear a seat belt, and try to sit at least 10 inches away from the airbag cover.

Boy's feet on dash of moving car.

Source: California DMV

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