Safety

Safety Warning - Transporting Canoes with Foam Blocks

Safety Warning - Transporting Canoes with Foam Blocks

Changing automobile technology means that we have to be careful when running over straps inside the body of the car while putting canoes on cars with foam blocks

Some newer cars are coming with safety devices called curtain or canopy airbags. These are air bags that are installed over the doors in cars or in the side pillars of cars. These air bags protect passengers in the event of a side collision.

If a person passes over straps or rope through a car with curtain or canopy air bags, the straps or ropes will interfere with the deployment of the air bags and may cause injuries if there is an accident. Blocking or restraining an airbag during deployment could cause fire or explosion resulting in serious injury or worse.

Fortunately, it is easy to identify cars with curtain or canopy airbags. If you are not sure if your car has this type of air bag, check your owner’s manual. In many cases the airbags in cars is have labels like the ones on the steering wheels. If you are not sure if your car has this type of airbag – do not pass straps or ropes through the car.

Before passing over straps or ropes through a car, check to see if it has curtain or canopy air bags.

If a car has curtain or canopy airbags – do not pass straps or ropes through it.

At this point I do not know of an alternative way of attaching over straps on cars without racks.

Note: The warning doesn’t apply to cars with racks since the over straps or ropes are tied to the racks.

Mark Scott