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Safety tips for driving cars with airbags

Recent statistics show more and more people are getting on the road to safety when it comes to seat belts and airbags.

Airbags save lives, but they need to be used in conjunction with seat belts, safety experts say.

Here are other safety tips to remember, according to the American Coalition for Traffic Safety:

Never put a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of a vehicle with a front passenger airbag. The child could get hurt when the airbag deploys.

Restrain children 12 and under in the back seat of the car.

There should be 10 inches between the center of a driver's breastbone and the steering wheel.

While airbags can be used just once, safety belts can protect occupants during subsequent collisions. In an accident, you may hit more than one object.

A free brochure about airbag safety is available from Autoliv Inc., which develops and manufactures airbags, seat belts, safety electronics and other safety devices.

To receive the brochure, write to: Autoliv, c/o Investor Relations, 1320 Pacific Dr., Auburn Hills, MI 48326.

- North American Precis Syndicate

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