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If I was in a side collision, is the steering wheel airbag suppose to come out?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA

Not unless the collision occurred within a 15 degree window of the front airbag. 

Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


The steering wheel airbag does not inflate unless the sensors in that area are triggered. The steering wheel airbags can cause neck, arm, wrist, and hand injuries. Therefore its not always best that they deploy. 

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