The end of Daylight Savings Time is a great time of year to take stock of some of the often-overlooked essentials around the house. Families everywhere will, of course, turn their clocks back, but this adjustment can also be a great way to remember to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it’s also a great time to check to see if your vehicle has any outstanding recalls. 2015 saw a record number of automotive recalls issued, and it’s hard to see 2016 slowing that trend down.
Have you ever had an airbag deploy in your car?
I’m lucky, because the only airbags I’ve ever seen in use have been in videos of crash tests. Airbags stay hidden most of the time, silently tucked away and forgotten. The only reminders of their existence are the subtle etchings in the surfaces that hide them.
Airbags are meant to save lives, and they have, with many thousands of people owing their continued existence to an explosive cushion of air. Airbags, though, have also taken lives by ejecting with too much force, ejecting with young children in the seat, or, most recently, exploding and sending shrapnel at drivers and passengers.