Here is the 2004 Hyundai Elantra being crash tested in what is called the “frontal offset test”. Siimply stated they crash head-on into a fixed object (it won’t move) off to one side of the car. What you may find interesting is the problem identified with the airbag being deployed. It was late in two tests exposing the driver and passengers to a greater risk of head trauma and brain damage. A second problem was with the fuel tank being punctured by a hose clamp, causing fuel to leak after the collision.


I don’t like this vehicle due to the higher incidence of head injuries possible because the head can hit the steering wheel even though the airbag has deployed. That’s not a good thing. If you’ve never met someone with a head injury you should. If every teenager had the opportunity to visit an institution where head injured survivors reside, yes we call them survivors, they might think more about the consequences when behind the wheel.


Traumatic brain injuries are unforgiving. Brain damage makes it so you can’t figure out how to plan your day. Nothing seems to work right. Your whole life changes. While in Argentina recently The Lookout was on the television.  A teenagers life is explicably changed when driving with his girlfriend and other teens down a dark country road for a thrill he turns off the lights of the car. Switching them back on they are surprised to see a combine broken down in the middle of the road. Crashing into the combine leaves them all hospitalized. The girlfriend loses her leg and the driver suffers terrible brain damage. The story is about the difficulties he experiences trying to cope with his lower IQ and behavior changes. I think that even the doctors and staff at the neuropsych unit in Iowa City would determine there is some brain damage in this guy.  Well, then again maybe not. Consider having your teenager sit down and watch this movie because it is a lesson about making the right decisions and the consequences of doing otherwise.

The Lookout (2007)

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels Director: Scott Frank

Visit the Craig Hospital website and watch the head injury movie. It’s about traumatic brain injury that will forever change your life.

Teens, don’t be stupid protect your brain. I don’t care what someone dares you to do, think first and consider what your life will be like if you could no longer think, no longer had the patience to even text-message.  Life after brain damage can be like walking through your life in a haze.


Resources about teens and risks associated with things teens are doing to risk their lives:

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  5. L.A. honors student, 14, dies after 'huffing' contents of spray-can ...
  6. Inhalant Drugs and Huffing - Facts About Inhalants ... - Teen Advice 
  7. Is Your Child or Teen "Huffing"?
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