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10 Tips for Safely Handling Airbags


13 May 2008

airbags

Dispose of used airbags responsibly

Use wrist straps to avoid electrostatic discharge

Keep airbags away from welding areas


 

Always check the manufacturer or supplier's information before starting work on vehicles containing airbags, as procedural differences will occur from make to make.

 

Never place your head or body close to the front of an undeployed airbag, especially when fitting it, or removing it from a vehicle. Always carry the airbag module with the trim cover facing away from you.

 

Never place an airbag module, or steering wheel assembly fitted with an airbag, face (trim side) down or with the trim against a hard surface. A removed airbag module can become a dangerous projectile if deployed. 

 

If work is required on an airbag module, eg testing, it must be mounted securely on a bench or jig that allows sufficient space for the bag to inflate freely should it be triggered accidentally.

 

Never expose airbag modules to excessive heat (over 90 0c), impact, electrical current (including static electricity) or radio transmitters. Keep airbag modules away from any potential ignition sources. 

 

Seek the advice of your supplier before disposing of any deployed airbags. Some manufacturers advise that their deployed airbags or can be disposed of, or recycled, as normal waste; others recommend that they be treated as hazardous waste.

 

Electrostatic discharge can cause dangerous inadvertent deployment of air bags. Prevent static build up and control static discharge by correctly grounding yourself and your equipment.  Wrist straps are recommended.

 

Always wash your hands after handling deployed airbags.

 

Never tamper with airbag connectors. The connector contains an electrical shunt that reduces the chance of deployment due to electrostatic energy.  Cutting or removing the connector could result in unplanned deployment, and personal injury. 

 

If airbag storage is required, use a substantial container which:

Has no exposed steel

Is easy to keep clean

Is kept away from oils, paints, and electrical cables

Is kept well away from areas of hot work, such as welding or brazing.

 

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