The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration is urging folks to cease placing rhinestones on their steering wheels. The U.S. company says aftermarket emblems with rhinestones on them can flip into projectiles within the occasion of a crash as steering wheel airbags deploy, resulting in danger of great damage or dying.
A minimum of one driver within the U.S. to this point has misplaced using a watch because of these rhinestones flying at his face when the airbag went off. NHTSA didn’t specify when or the place the accident occurred, however it might have prompted the most recent warning from the company, which asks drivers to cease bedazzling steering wheels. Per NHTSA:
The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration warns shoppers about aftermarket steering wheel decals that might probably trigger vital damage or dying. A minimum of one driver suffered a critical damage that resulted within the lack of sight in a single eye, when an aftermarket emblem adorned with rhinestones turned dislodged from the steering wheel in a crash and hit the motive force within the face.
The product is a metallic or plastic plate, often lined with rhinestones or different shiny decorations, with an adhesive again that covers the car’s emblem within the middle of the steering wheel. In a crash, the power of a deploying air bag can flip the product right into a projectile, leading to critical damage or dying.
In contrast to the completely affixed emblem in your car’s steering wheel, these aftermarket decals can simply grow to be dislodged when the air bag is deployed. Any alterations or modifications to your air bag or its cowl also can trigger it to not perform appropriately.
A CNN report in contrast the ornamental stones to shrapnel given the power with which they’re ejected when an airbag deploys. The emblems, rhinestones and airbag assemblies inadvertently mix right into a harmful machine akin to a claymore mine.
Airbags alone have sufficient explosive power to hurt drivers or passengers in sure circumstances — the commerce off being that the injury from the airbag is usually a lot lower than with out it. However placing something over a tool that’s rigged to blow up within the case of a crash is a foul concept, particularly when it’s plenty of tiny rocks.
Any ornament over the steering wheel poses a risk, however carmakers design their logos to interrupt aside and stay mounted to the wheel slightly than be ejected outwards, which is what occurs to aftermarket emblems. That’s not at all times the case, nevertheless, as Nissan noticed when it recalled some autos for steering wheel emblems that might fly off in a crash, per CNN.
However that prompted a complete recall earlier this 12 months because of the excessive danger of damage. There’s nothing to recall within the case of aftermarket emblems and rhinestones, which is why NHTSA is simply telling drivers to keep away from bedazzling their steering wheels altogether.