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Is Your Air Bag a Fire Hazzard?

While no one can refute the benefit of driving with airbags that will deploy safely in the event of an accident, there are some features about air bags that you need to be aware of.

Whenever an air bag deploys, car occupants are subject to an array of chemicals that are foreign to most people, and there can be some potentially harmful side effects. If the airbag doesn’t deploy, there is always the potential of chemicals being released that can do bodily harm.

Just before the Deployment

There is a potentially dangerous and explosive chemical that is responsible for the air bag deploying. It is the same type of chemical used in making solid rocket propellants. If your air bag fails to deploy, it might be possible for the chemicals to explode causing severe burns and damage to the lungs if inhaled.


Inhalation form dust or chemical mist can be harmful depending on the level of exposure, and while the symptoms may include a sore throat or runny nose, severe pneumonitis may also occur.


Swallowing corrosive chemicals may cause severe burns of he stomach, throat, and mouth. Sever tissue causes, or death can be the result. You should be on the lookout for such signs as bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, or a fall in blood pressure. Damage may appear days after exposure-when you would least expect it.

Skin or Eye Contact

Harmful chemicals coming in direct contact with the skin can cause severe burns and permanently scarred tissue. If a chemical finds its way to your eyes, the burns may result in a permanent loss of vision.

As in anything, safety should be the top priority. Any contact with air bad chemicals should require immediate attention and a trip to the physician if necessary. An airbag that has safely deployed will very little damage. Special handling precautions should be at a minimal.

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