Motor Vehicle Safety

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Motor Vehicle Safety: Are Air bags the answer? In this day and age, there are many different forms of transportation. A few examples are railroad trains, airplanes and motor vehicles. A railroad train or a motor vehicle would be a better choice for short distance destinations. Unfortunately, if there is a railroad accident, there are usually many injuries, if not deaths, due to the train’s enormous size and lack of seatbelts and air bags. According to a poem by Kate Chopin called The Story of an Hour, It was he who had been in the newspaper office when intelligence of the railroad disaster was received, with Brently Mallard’s name leading the list of “killed.” It is very sad to lose a loved one, so we want to be as safe as we can be. The safer choice would be a motor vehicle. In this day and age it is very common for people to use a motor vehicle for transportation. When purchasing a vehicle, it is very important to know what safety features are available. Air Bags are one of the safety features that are offered. Air bags are designed to deploy in frontal and near-frontal collisions. Side air bags are newer features that are designed to reduce driver fatality risk with side collisions. They reduce the chance of the occupants head and upper body striking the vehicles interior (ACTS 7). All new passenger cars, light trucks and vans are equipped with both driver and passenger air bags (ACTS 2). Air bags are designed to save a persons life but are not always full proof. There are negative and positive effects of air bags. The advantages of air bags are: they are a lot safer than they used to be and they reduce injuries when occupants are properly positioned in a vehicle. They can be a disadvantage when it comes to children and small adults. First, air bags are a lot safer than they used to be. Death by air bag is nearly a thing of the past.

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