Air bags saves lives, and are a legal requirements to all cars in South Africa. But there has been plenty of controversy about the risk/reward of air bags; many people have sustained significant injuries from them, and deaths have even been attributed to air bag deployment. Newer vehicles are equipped with air bags that deploy with less force than first-generation bags, making them safer.

Though it’s possible to sustain a corneal abrasion or other eye injury from your vehicle’s air bags during an accident, you would be at risk of much more serious injuries (including eye injuries from a shattered windshield) without these safety devices when traveling at highway speeds.

To reduce your risk of injury to your eyes and head from air bags:

  1. Make sure you are wearing your seatbelt and that it’s properly adjusted.
  2. Adjust the headrest of your seat for proper support.
  3. Sit at least 30 cm away from the steering wheel.
  4. Don’t smoke while driving. (Don’t smoke at all is even better)
  5. Have children sit in the back seat with seatbelts and safety seats properly adjusted.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:

McKenna & Scott Pinelands

Tel: 021 531 1953