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Fleet safety tip: Air bag safety

Air bags are a crucial part of your vehicle’s safety system. Designed to work in combination with seatbelts, they restrain occupants and help reduce injury in the event of a collision. Drivers often take air bags for granted, but it’s important to take steps to ensure they’ll work properly when you need them most.

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Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • If you’re not wearing your seat belt, your vehicle’s air bag could do more harm than good. Air bag safety requires that all passengers are properly seated with lap and shoulder belts fastened.
  • When driving, keep your hands at the “10 and 2” positions on your steering wheel to prevent them from being pushed into your face or body if the air bag is deployed during a crash.
  • Move the driver seat as far back as possible, but make sure you’re able to reach the brake, accelerator, steering wheel and controls.
  • Riders in the passenger seat should also place their seat as far back as possible without disturbing any other passengers behind them. This gives the air bags distance to deploy.
  • Place children 12 and younger in the rear seat and keep them properly restrained. Infants in a car seat should never be placed in the front seat of a vehicle.
  • To check the air bag safety system, start the engine and allow it to idle. The air bag warning light should illuminate for about five seconds and then go out.
    • If the air bag warning light stays illuminated, the system has shut down.
    • If the air bag warning light is illuminated while you’re driving, the air bag safety system has been disabled and will not activate in case of an accident.

Follow these tips to make your air bags as effective as possible. For more safe driving tips, visit

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