10 and 2 Driving Position Can Be Dangerous Due to Advances in Life-Saving Airbag Technology
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10 and 2 Driving Position Can Be Dangerous Due to Advances in Life-Saving Airbag Technology

Advances in airbag technology have made the ten and two driving position dangerous and can result in broken fingers and other injuries

April 27, 2021

The next time you get in your car, forget about what your driving instructor and parents told you way back in the day. Well, don't forget everything you learned about driving. Just forget about the ten and two position for your hands on the steering wheel, which is outdated and could be dangerous. It can sometimes lead to serious injuries in crashes that result in full-speed airbag deployment.

Advances in Airbag Technology Have Made ten and two unsafe

Advances in airbag technology have made ten and two quite dangerous, according to the American Driver and Traffic Safety Association (ADTSA). The old position puts the driver's fingers, hands and arms in the way of the expanding airbag, which deploys at speeds of nearly 250 mph. Airbag deployment can propel your arms back towards your face or into other parts of the car, thereby causing additional injuries.

eight and four or nine and three are better positions

Experts are now recommending eight and four or nine and three positions for your hands on the steering wheel. Both options offer a better position away from the airbag. These positions lessen the chances of your arms flying outward and backward as an airbag expands.

push the wheel instead of crossing your arms

In addition, experts are recommending that you use a pushing motion against the steering wheel while turning instead of crossing your arms in front of you to prevent injuries. If you cross your arms in front of you while turning as you were taught to do and your airbag deploys, your arms can get caught, possibly in the crossed position, by the airbag if it deploys at that time.

recommended distance from the airbag

Nothing has changed with the recommended distance to sit from the airbag, which should be at least 12 inches. Being any closer to the steering wheel puts you at greater risk of getting hit directly in the face by an expanding airbag. Typically, the further you can comfortably sit from the airbag the better. Many vehicles today are being built with telescoping steering columns, which allow you to adjust not only the height of the steering wheel but how close it is to you.

Dangers Due to Recalled Airbags

You have probably heard of the dangers of airbags manufactured by Takata. These airbags have been the subject of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, affecting more than 41.6 million vehicles currently dating back to the early 2000s. These airbags, which can explode like a grenade sending shrapnel into the car, have been attributed to at least fourteen deaths. By the end of 2019, more than 70 million vehicles are expected to be recalled.

Take a moment NOW to check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of your vehicle in the free online recall look-up tool at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you have one of these vehicles with an open airbag recall, do not drive it until it has been repaired. Any recall repairs should be done as soon as possible. But these airbag recalls are especially critical as the problem gets worse as more time goes by.