Today we want to share some useful information with all of you.Here we have some situation where you have a pregnant wife and she always said that she was not comfortable with the safety belt and worried about the airbags. She said the safety belts and airbags will jeopardy her and the baby.It is true?
IS IT SAFE TO USE A CAR WITH AN AIRBAG DURING PREGNANCY?
Yes. In fact, an air bag will help to keep you safe if you’re involved in an accident. Air bags inflate automatically during a collision to create a protective cushion between the driver or passenger, and the steering wheel, dashboard and windscreen.
Air bags may be installed only in the front seats, but some cars have air bags for the back seats, too. In some cars the air bags can be manually switched off or deactivated.
Air bags are a really useful way of keeping us safe while we’re on the road. Still, you may be worried that if you have to use an air bag while you’re pregnant, it may harm your baby. You have nothing to worry about. Air bags are designed to work with a seat belt and you should be safe as long as you are wearing a seat belt properly.
Below is the answer based on the study which was published in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.We hope this information will help you and certainly give some ideas what to tell to your spouse or to yourself (the readers might be the pregnant women too).
LOS ANGELES: Airbags appear safe for pregnant women and the babies they’re carrying, a new study shows. Although it has been established that air bags save lives in car crashes, there has been a lingering question whether the devices might also protect pregnant women and unborn children.
In the new study, reported in China’s Xinhua news agency, researchers at the University of Washington found that “pregnant occupants of motor vehicles with air bags were not at increased risk for pregnancy complications” such as Ceasarean delivery, foetal distress and low birth weight.
The researchers collected data on 2,207 pregnant women involved in car accidents, comparing the outcome of accidents in cars with and without air bags. They found no increased risk for injury to the mother or foetus related to whether the car had air bags or didn’t, Xinhua said, citing the study.
They did find a 70% increase in pre-term labour and a threefold increase in foetal death among those in accidents in which air bags were deployed, compared with cars without air bags. However, the lead researcher Dr. Melissa A. Schiff, a professor of epidemiology, said the findings were not statistically significant.
“These findings were inconclusive because we really had too small a sample size,” she said. More study will be needed to see if there really is a connection between air bag deployment and preterm labor or fetal death, she said.
“Air bags are safe for most outcomes,” but the best protection for pregnant women comes from wearing a seat belt, Schiff said.
Dr. Nathan S. Fox, a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University School of Medicine, said that “we can’t know from a study like this if an air bag deployment may have a minor affect on pregnancy.”
But the study shows that there are no major risks with having an air bag deployed, he said.
“Since we know that an air bag deployed in a serious car crash can save your life, it would be unwise to avoid air bags and a theoretical risk of a minor complication,” Fox said.
And, he added, “since we know that flying through a windshield is bad for both the mother and the baby, I would encourage people to have air bags.”