Passengers Putting Their Feet on the Dash then Being Injured or Killed by the Airbags

This is something that many people have neither heard of nor even thought about.  When the front airbags are triggered, which can  happen because of a mere bump to the vehicle at speeds as low as 12mph, those airbags emerge and inflate at between 165 and 200mph.  They are most certainly not nice fluffy cushions, and if you have one or both of your feet up on the dashboard at the time, the results will be serious and can even kill you.

Photo of a young woman riding as a passenger with her feet up on the vehicle's dash but even a 12mph bump can trigger the airbags and if they go off, you WILL be badly hurt.
Many people ride as passengers with their feet up on the vehicle’s dash.  Do you?  Sadly, it’s a very common sight on America’s highways, but even just a 12mph bump to the front of your vehicle can trigger the airbags and if they go off,  you WILL be badly hurt or killed.  Copyright image.

While these type of incidents frequently don’t get much coverage in the media, details of one have been published very recently.  Just yesterday, August 8, 2017, CBS News ran the story of Audra Tatum, a mother of three, from Georgia.

Photo of the car in which Audra Tatum was travelling, with her foot up on the dashboard. The visible crash damage triggered the airbags.
There doesn’t look like much damage but it was far more than enough to trigger the airbags and Audra Tatum’s self-caused injuries. Photo courtesy of Audra Tatum.

Ms Tatum has asked for her own injuries to be publicized in the hope that other people will be discouraged from making the same bad and  potentially fatal mistake.

Photo of Audra Tatum, immediately after the crash, with her twisted and broken leg clearly visible.
In the aftermath of the crash, Audra Tatum says she was face-to-face with the bottom of her own foot. (Her injuries are listed below.) Photo courtesy of Audra Tatum, who wants others to avoid the life-changing injuries she has suffered.

One thing she freely admits is that her husband had repeatedly warned her of the dangers of putting her feet up on the dash but that she had always told him that if anything bad started to happen she would be able to put her feet down in time.  However, having suffered a broken ankle, leg, arm and nose as a result of what she did, her take now on those earlier, frankly impossible promises is that she’s not Superman, and couldn’t possibly have got her foot down in time.  Indeed, she blames her injuries entirely on her own, earlier “ignorance.”

So have you now been warned?  Injuries and deaths from this cause are amongst the very easiest to avoid.  It’s only a case of keeping you feet and legs down, out of the path of the passenger airbag.

Please feel free to send the URL of this page to your friends, or post it in social media, so that more people wise-up to this potentially horrible scenario.

Read here: This is Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Feet on the Dashboard, from CBS News.

 

Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at: http://www.advanceddrivers.com/ceochief-instructors-resumecvbio/

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