In a word, yes. However, not all vehicles available in Houston come equipped with these protections. If you are getting ready to purchase a new automobile and vehicle rollovers are a concern for you, it is a great idea to check with the dealer or the vehicle manufacturer. Now that you know such safety features are an option, you are probably wondering what these protections are.
Obviously, seat belts offer protection, even in a vehicle rollover. Best of all, you do not need to check for their availability as all motor vehicles manufactured today come with safety belts. The best way these belts protect vehicle occupants is by using them. Government data indicates that most fatalities in vehicle rollovers occur because the car’s occupants are not wearing their safety belts.
Many vehicle manufacturers also offer side airbags designed to protect occupants. However, it is important to note that not all side-impact airbags will provide protection in a vehicle rollover. If a dealer tells you that the car you are looking at comes with side-impact airbags, be sure to ask the dealer if they are designed to protect occupants in a rollover.
The main difference between an ordinary side-impact airbag and a rollover airbag is the length of time the bag remains inflated. If the safety system detects a rollover, the bag will remain inflated longer. This protects the vehicle occupants’ heads during the accident while also preventing them from being ejected out of the car. You should also know that vehicle rollover airbags are meant to be used in conjunction with properly worn seat belts to offer the greatest amount of protection.
Asking questions about vehicle safety is always encouraged. If you have already been injured in any kind of car accident, you should also feel free to question a personal injury lawyer about your legal options.
Source: SafeCar.gov, “Rollover Air Bags,” accessed Oct. 20, 2016