An airbag is a little more than a small explosive charge that vents into a robust sack during a car crash. This remarkable device saves literally thousands of lives around the world every year. One of the more serious concerns governing the safety of first responders and their patients at the scene of an accident is guarding against the unwanted detonation of a damaged car’s airbag.
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Actions at the scene of an accident can have long-lasting ramifications. In the absence of fire, the extraction of injured occupants from a damaged vehicle needs to be done carefully and deliberately. The possibility of spinal cord injuries, unchecked bleeding or the unwanted manipulation of fractured bones demand that great care be exercised during this critical period after a motor-vehicle crash. One aspect of this process that is absolutely intolerable is the undesired detonation of an airbag.
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The Holmatro Company recently introduced its Secunet III airbag protection cover to address just this problem. The Secunet III is designed to be a one-size-fits-all solution to the problem of unwanted airbag detonation. This clever device incorporates a tough, aramid-reinforced fabric cover along with a series of mounting straps. The cover fits all steering wheels from 35 to 51 centimeters and works on cars, trucks, buses and vans. Installation is simple even under stress, and the design covers part of the steering column as well as guards against the dangerous escape of gas or small parts that could become missiles during an accidental inflation.
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Holmatro produces an extensive line of hydraulic extraction equipment to be used in rescue operations. Its Secunet III airbag protection cover offers enhanced safety and peace of mind to those who are called upon to perform lifesaving work extricating victims after a motor-vehicle crash. Light-weight, effective and easy to use, the Secunet III is a vital part of any proper lifesaving loadout. (holmatro.com; 410- 768-9662)
This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Fall 2015 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.