APSD Safety Theme for November

Seat Belts & Air Bags

Seat belts save lives! Seat belts are the single most effective safety device in vehicles today. The National Highway Traffic
Safety Association (NHTSA) estimates that seat belts save more than 11,000 lives each year, and reduce the risk of fatality and serious injury by 50 percent when used by drivers and front-seat passengers. Air bags save lives! The NHTSA also estimates that since the introduction of air bags in 1984, they have contributed to savings more than 10,000 lives.

The combination of an air bag in addition to a lap and shoulder seat belt system reduces the risk of serious head injury by 81 percent compared to a 60 percent reduction for seat belts alone. Below are a few important safety tips for riding in vehicles with air bags:

 Infants should NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with passenger side air bags.
 Children ages 12 and under should always be restrained in a child safety seat or a safety belt and should always ride in the back seat.
 Safety belts (both lap and shoulder) should be used with air bags.


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