Assignment On Airbags Pop Em' Or Keep Em'

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Airbags-Pop em' or Keep em'During the rainstorm, it's hard to see anything-especially when the downpour makes the windshield wipers work constantly. On this cold, dreary September night young two year old Mica is safely buckled in her child safety seat, which is attached to the passenger seat belt. Her older brother, Sean, quietly sleeps in the backseat while his mother drives the exhausted children home. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a tall, 12 point buck is caught by the vehicles' headlights. Both the buck and the mother freeze. A milli-second later, a powerful explosion occurs inside the cabin. The airbags deflate nearly as quickly as they inflate, and Sean begins to scream. His mother is fine. The seatbelt along with the airbag saved her from any serious harm. She is still dazed as she looks over to her two year old, expecting more screaming. Nothing. Nothing happens. She shakes her little girl and realizes that something is drastically wrong. Mica is dead.At last count, this scenario has happened 31 times. How many more times does it have to happen before the automotive industry does something about it? Children are not the only victims, though. Small women and the elderly have also been killed as a result of airbags. The time has come to ask ourselves, 'Do airbags really work?'First off, most people feel that airbags are a great safety device. They let people walk away from an accident without a scratch, right? They protect everybody, right? People don't need seatbelts if their car has an airbag, right? Wrong. Airbags cause injuries, airbags kill, and airbags don't work unless seatbelts are worn. In a rollover accident, people still have a chance of being thrown from the car even if their car has airbags. Not only are the airbags dangerous, they are also a key target for thieves. The easy to remove airbags coupled with the high street value make them sought after by thieves. The couple of hundred dollars received by the thieves is more than enough incentive to target them, since they are worth more than most car stereos.When looking at the airbag issue, we must first look at the issue of safety. When the idea of installing airbags was first introduced, it seemed to be a good, life-saving idea. However, according to CNN, airbags have snapped the necks of 30 children. CNN also said that 15 smaller women would have survived their accidents if airbags weren't installed in their vehicles ('Federal Safety Officials to Propose new Airbag Rules' 1).True, airbags have had some success. According to CNN, airbags have been credited with saving 1,100 lives since they have been introduced ('Federal Safety Officials.....' 1). However, an article by CNNfn goes on to state, the airbags do nothing to cut the overall injury rate that occurs in accidents ('Reports Knock Airbag Safety' 1). The airbags may be saving some lives. However, in other cases, they are doing more damage than good. USA Today broke the story on airbag performance. The news report told...

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