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How to Drive an Air Bag Equipped Car


Wear your seat belt. Make sure it's snug.


Move your seat as far back as is comfortable. This keeps you away from the inflating air bag. Sit at least 10 inches - measured from the center of the steering wheel to your breastbone - from the steering wheel.


Tilt your steering wheel down so that the air bag will come out toward your chest, not your face.

Tips and Warnings

  • Children 12 and younger should always ride in the backseat away from the air bags.
  • Air bag cutoff switches can be installed in certain situations. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site (see Related Sites) for further information.
  • Never put a child's car seat in the front of a car with air bags.

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