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Are airbag fumes harmful?

Yesterday I witnessed a small accident near my home. Although there were no injuries, one of the drivers was fairly traumatized and didn't turn off the car. I got in the car to turn it off, and breathed in some of the fumes from the airbag. For the rest of the day my throat was a bit sore and today I have a stomachache.
Does anyone know if breathing in the fumes from a detonated airbag is harmful? I was only in the car for less than ten seconds.







John S
Yes, the fumes are a combination of a talc-like powder used to pack the airbag and the explosives use to inflate the airbag. The fumes are in small amounts compared to all the other fumes that usually accompany a major accident, but these minor accidents that don't break the window glass contain the stuff, and you saw just how much you get when it's contained.
I'm a big opponent of mandatory airbags, mainly because of the loss of control that occurs when the steering wheel bag goes off. I drive a pick-up truck and the two airbags would fill the cab almost completely and make steering impossibly if I were to hit an animal on a country highway. Hitting a cow or deer is bad enough, but loosing control after wards could be fatal.


stuttgart
They probably disperse fairly quickly. The extra protection for your brain & chest probably out weighs any fume risk. Airbags can cause eye injuries too.
If drivers would concentrate 100% of the time 80% of crashes would be avoided.


kev l
go to airbag injury.com


bungee
I doubt if it has any long term effects.


Steve C
Rating
The small explosive charge is azide powered and normally isn't harmful, but I would be careful smelling too much of it.


Sex&Candy
How do you know they were from the airbag? It was an accident, the fumes could be from anything.


?
could be stale air and it trapped gasses.


bonstermonster20
No. I have been in a few accidents and had the same symptoms but they do go away. It is like a powder.


sweety
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S it is buddy be careful !!!







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