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Seat Covers and Airbags – What’s the Big Deal?

LET ME PUT IT THIS WAY – IF YOU’VE BEEN IN A MAJOR CRASH AND YOU’RE STILL AROUND TO READ THIS, YOU PROBABLY OWE THAT TO AN AIRBAG.

Airbags were invented in 1951, first offered in vehicles in 1971, and have been standard equipment in vehicles since 1999. Between 1987 and 2012, airbags saved 39,976 lives. That’s over 100 times more than the entire population of Vesta, MN, where our headquarters in located!

WHY ARE WE HERE TALKING ABOUT AIRBAGS?

Because we care about you. When you’re adding aftermarket parts to your vehicle, you need to make sure that you don’t hinder any of the safety features of your truck, van, car, bike, etc.

Long story short, know where your airbags are. All vehicles today come with them in the steering wheel and passenger’s side dash. Most vehicles come with them in the side of the seat back. Some vehicles have airbags in the A pillar (by the dash), the B pillar (by your head when you’re in the seat), and the ceiling as well as other locations in the vehicle.

We HIGHLY recommend checking your owner’s manual before making any modifications to the interior of your vehicle to make sure that you aren’t going to compromise the safety of you and your passengers.

SEAT COVERS AND AIR BAGS

When you install seat covers on a newer (2012+) vehicle, you’re almost guaranteed to be covering up an airbag in the side of your seat. If your seat cover doesn’t allow the airbag to deploy, you are likely going to be smashing your head and upper body into the side of the vehicle in the event of a crash. Never a good idea. Watch this video and see how the torso airbag in the seat works with the ceiling airbag to protect the driver from hitting the side of the vehicle:

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t install seat covers on your vehicle. Just don’t install cheap, universal fit covers. There are many seat cover manufacturers that have various sorts of holes and flaps to allow the airbag to deploy.

It is best practice to only install seat covers that have been independently tested and verified for airbag compatibility by a qualified third party laboratory.

Whether you’re installing truck seat covers, or if they’re for your car or van, check and make sure that the cover will allow your airbag to deploy. You owe it to yourself and your passengers.

TigerTough seat covers have been independently tested and verified by MGA Research Corporation in Troy, MI. Watch the airbag deploy in under 30 milliseconds in the testing video below.