If you’re the type of passenger who enjoys nothing better than putting your feet up on a long drive, you might want to watch this.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has released sobering footage which shows what happens if you’re doing exactly that and are involved in a crash in which the airbag is deployed, the Bristol Post reports.
The video was filmed primarily to warn other firefighters of the risks of working in the vicinity of an undeployed airbag. But the outcome should serve as a warning to everyone.
The terrifying footage is captioned “Training scenario at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. Never travel in a car with your feet on the dashboard – no more needs to be said, STAY SAFE.”
A spokesperson for Hampshire Extrication and Trauma Team said: “The clip was not a scientific experiment but was set up so trainees could be aware of the noise and risks of cutting vehicles whilst working in the vicinity of an underplayed airbag.
“A firefighter from Utah was invalided out of his fire service when struck by an un-deployed airbag. The dummy was put into the vehicle not to glamourise or make the clip spectacular but more to show the risks involved with placing feet on the dashboard.
“We had read a case study of an American student that had suffered double dislocation of hips and fracture of an eye socket receiving life changing injuries.”
Airbags deploy between 100mph and 220mph so can have a devastating effect on drivers and passengers who often aren’t aware of their dangers.
The spokesperson added: “You will notice the car has no roof, and seat belts were not attached, this is because vehicles are cut sequentially to maximise use of vehicles during training.
“In no way was this set up to emphasise impact upon the casualty but, to be honest, I’m not sure which scenario would be worse for the passenger, with or without a seatbelt, either way the dangers are very evident for all to see.
“The team posted the video to raise awareness of this dangerous occurrence.”