(NaturalNews) Automobile airbags, which have been mandatory in the United States and other countries for almost two decades, have long been touted as life savers. What hasn't been widely told is that every air bag in every vehicle is a potential death trap and a growing danger to the environment due to a chemical compound used to inflate airbags which is every bit as toxic as sodium cyanide. That deadly compound is sodium azide.
Sodium azide (NaN3) is a highly volatile and highly poisonous compound which is used to inflate airbags when a collision causes the sodium azide to violently explode and inflate the airbags. However, even in minute amounts it can kill everything from bacteria and fungi to animals and humans. The presence of the deadly compound represents a serious threat to vehicle occupants, rescuers and others who might come into contact with it as well as an increasing threat to the environment.