"In Canada, it is not mandatory for air bags to be installed in vehicles; however, when they are, they must meet specific safety requirements. Whenever possible, Transport Canada sets standards of performance and does not stipulate that particular hardware be used by manufacturers. In the case of air bags, the Regulations specify vehicle test conditions and injury criteria for the effective protection of occupants."
Why Do Air Bags Sometimes Cause Injuries?
In order to protect the head and upper body in high-impact crashes, air bags must inflate so quickly, and with such force, that they can cause injuries. While most of these injuries are minor, consisting only of bruises and abrasions, some are more serious, such as broken arms. In extreme cases, such as when the head or chest is against the module when it opens, fatal injuries can result.
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