Whenever Audra Tatum of Walker County, Georgia used to get into the passenger seat of a car, she’d immediately prop her feet up against the dashboard. “My husband would tell me, ‘if we have a wreck it’s going to break your leg,'” Tatum told NewsChannel 9. “I dismissed him.” But on a quick drive to her parents to pick up their two sons two years ago, another car T-boned Tatum and her husband.
“When the airbag exploded, it pushed my foot up into my face,” Tatum said. The force broke not only her ankle and femur, but also her nose and shoulder. This wasn’t just a freak accident. According to a Facebook post that has over 2,000 shares by the Chattanooga Fire Department, airbags deploy between 100 and 220 MPH.
“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,” the post reads. When she got to the hospital after the crash, the doctors told Tatum that if her feet were on the floor of the car, she “wouldn’t have had any issues whatsoever.” But she still deals with the pain from the accident two years later.
“I regret it every single day,” Tatum told NewsChannel 9. “Every hour of every day because every time I put pressure on my leg I feel it…. Do not sit like that.”