What used to happen before Airbags?
Cars have been the mode of transportation for over a century for people of all professions. However, vehicles that go 100, 200, and 300 mph need proper braking and safety to ensure accidents are not fatal. The first invention to prevent such accidents was the seatbelt which was introduced in 1885. Although this innovation proved to be lifesaving eventually the pretensioners became worn out and stopped locking in. Airbags were started in the early 1970’s and since then, vehicles, as well as their safety features, have developed rapidly.
What are Airbags?
Airbags are inflated cushions fitted into automobiles that protect people from colliding with the vehicle's interior or external objects (such as other vehicles or trees) during a collision. Sensors begin measuring impact severity the moment an accident occurs. If the impact is hard enough, the sensors activate inflators, which fill the bags with gas in a fraction of a second.
Unless they deploy in an accident, airbags rarely require maintenance. In such a scenario, they must be changed at a repair company like Recycle Technologies that uses OEM replacement components to assure that the new airbag is not counterfeit.
How many types of Airbags are in my car?
Front airbags are designed to inflate in moderate-to-severe frontal crashes to prevent a person’s head and chest from contacting hard structures in the vehicle. The driver's airbag is in the steering wheel while the passenger airbag is in the dashboard.
Head- and chest-protecting side airbags are designed to inflate in side crashes to prevent people’s heads and chests from contacting intruding parts of vehicle side structure, a striking vehicle or an object such as a tree or pole. These airbags can be deployed from the seatback or the roof depending on the car make and model. In addition to this, there can also be airbags situated in the doors of the car for the passengers in the back seat.
We cannot doubt the importance of airbags ever since they were set up even to the point where it is legally necessary to have working airbags in your car. NHTSA estimates that as of 2017, more than 60,000 lives have been saved by frontal airbags and over 2500 were saved by the side airbags.
Why should you use an Airbag recycling kit?
According to some car manufacturers, a car would last longer than an undeployed airbag in the same vehicle. Now you can take the risk and gamble on your life or choose the safe way out by replacing your airbags and recycling them. This way you are not only preserving your life but also improving the life expectancy of the car.
You can mail those undeployed airbags via our airbag recycling kit and get your certificate of recycling.
In cases of such situations, many people have lost their lives. To ensure that this situation does not occur, Recycle Technologies offer airbag and seat belts’ pre-tensioner recycling. Other than saving lives by preventing accidents, recycling airbags can help in other ways too.
Removing Toxic Material
Most airbag units include inflators that rely on sodium azide to produce the gas that "instantly" fills the bag in the case of a collision. Other propellants used in airbags inflators include Ammonium Nitrate
Guanidine Nitrate and Potassium Nitrate.
Deployment of the airbag fully consumes the propellant and removes the hazardous waste characteristics of reactivity and ignitability. When an airbag is deployed, the sodium azide in the inflator is transformed into harmless nitrogen gas by other chemicals. In fact, a completely deployed airbag may be treated as solid waste and discarded in the trash.
However, sodium azide alone is poisonous, harmful to inhale, and may burn exposed skin. When mixed with water, it produces hydrazoic acid, which is similarly exceedingly poisonous and can enter groundwater when dangerous material removal procedures are insufficient or nonexistent. When inexperienced personnel deconstruct automobiles in such a way that the airbag unexpectedly deploys, they may be exposed to sodium azide.
Exacerbating the issue, airbags are extremely difficult to reach; they require specific ability and experience to run safely, so removing them from a car is both costly and time-consuming. As a result, the tendency is not to remove them, resulting in many, if not most, airbags passing through the shredder and being released because of the later friction and pressure, randomly dumping the previously mentioned sodium azide into the immediate environment.
It is not mutually exclusive to destroy and recycle recalled airbags. If these airbags are not recycled, they are left in the landfills and scrapyards where they prove to be more dangerous for the environment. Plastic and metal may be collected from destroyed airbags, recycled, and used to create new items in a sustainable manner.
What do you get when you perform Airbag Recycling with Recycle Technologies?
Getting your airbag recycling done by Recycle Technologies gives you the ease and assurance you need when it comes to recycling complexities. We not only handle all the processes in the airbag and seatbelt buckle polymer recycling but also make the world a safer place.
Recycle Technologies provide you with the platform and services to get your electronics, lamps and other materials recycled. We also offer ITAD services for those who want to preserve their data before recycling.