Highway safety administration warns against sticking aftermarket decals on steering wheels following accident

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says an aftermarket decal caused driver to lose sight in one eye in crash

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Federal auto safety regulators are warning people not to stick decals on their steering wheels because they can be hurled at drivers if the airbags inflate in a crash.

The warning from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration comes after another driver was severely hurt by a flying emblem during a crash. The airbag inflated and sent two pieces of metal from an aftermarket decal into the driver's face and neck.

The agency said it couldn't say where or when the injury occurred. But it said the injury was the second it is aware of involving an aftermarket decal. In the previous case, the driver lost sight in one eye after being hit by a rhinestone-adorned decal that hit them in the face, NHTSA said in a statement Tuesday.


The deflated airbag of a 2015 Honda Civic is seen.

The deflated airbag of a 2015 Honda Civic is seen. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has warned against sticking after market decals onto car steering wheels due to safety concerns. (Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

The decals usually have an adhesive on the back and cover the vehicle's logo in the middle of the steering wheel. But the agency says any alterations to the airbag or its cover can cause malfunctions.

The agency is urging people to avoid buying the decals and to remove them if they're already on steering wheels.

via FoxNews May 15th 2024