Tennessee's Chattanooga Fire Department has issued a terrifying warning through a Facebook post: "Airbags deploy between 100 and 220 miles per hour", noted the message, which has already been shared almost 2,200 times this month.
Audra Tatum suffered serious injuries to her leg after she was involved in a vehicle crash while she had her feet propped up on the car's dashboard, WPIX reports. She wasn't wearing a seatbelt and had her feet up on the dashboard, and when the two cars collided, the airbag was activated.
Bethany Benson, who was 22 at the time, is another example, exactly five years before Tatum.
"The airbag went off, throwing my foot up and breaking my nose", she said. She always told him that she'd be able to put her feet down in time, but after actually enduring this scenario, she learned how wrong she was. That sent her foot hurdling into her face.
"Basically my whole right side was broken, and it's simply because of my ignorance". "If you ride with your feet on the dash and you're involved in an accident, the airbag may send your knees through your eye sockets".
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Tatum has warned others not to make the mistake she did, and to break their habit of putting their feet on the dashboard before it's too late.
After previously posting on their Facebook page about the danger, Chattanooga Fire Department shared Tatum's story to convince those who said, "they would take their chances".
Tatum said she would often assure her husband that she'd be able to put her foot down in time in the event of a crash. As if that wasn't enough, her femur was also shattered in four places.
Catherine Morales: Thank you for sharing, I took this to heart and made it a lesson to share with my daughter. "I have so many screws and Rods and I am miserable to this day!" another wrote, adding that now she is disabled at 31 years old.
Tatum said that after the accident her doctors told her that if she didn't have her foot up on the dashboard, she would likely have sustained only a few scratches and bruises. "Once I'm at the four-hour mark, I'm in tears", she said. "You don't want the pain and agony every day", said the mom.