Advanced frontal air bags can help lessen the risk of air bag-related injuries and fatalities. However, even if your vehicle is equipped with this type of air bag restraint system, NHTSA still recommends that you:
- Always wear your seat belt. Advanced frontal air bags are a supplemental restraint system, just like earlier generation air bags, and must be used in combination with a seat belt. All occupants should wear a seat belt or be seated in an appropriate child safety restraint system - every trip, every time.
- Place children under 13 in the rear seat. Parents and caregivers should always place children under 13 in the rear seat in an appropriate child safety restraint system. The rear seat is the safest place for children. For additional information on child safety restraint systems, see 4 Steps for Kids.
- Read your vehicle owner's manual. No air bags - even advanced frontal air bags - can be designed to handle every situation. Air bags can still cause serious injury or death to occupants who are not properly restrained and in the proper seating position. Read your owner's manual to understand the operation of your vehicle's air bag system, and take all precautions necessary to ensure you maximize air bag protection while minimizing risks.