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Combination side airbags reduce death and injury risk

Side airbags that protect the head and torso reduce the likelihood of death and upper body injuries to passenger vehicle drivers in near-side crashes by 61 percent compared with no side airbags. This is the main finding of a new study by the Monash University Accident Research Centre. The Victoria, Australia, study reinforces prior research on the effectiveness of side ... Read More »

Occupant Deaths From Inflating Airbags Have Been All But Eliminated

Evidence accumulates year by year that inflating frontal airbags in newer vehicles are causing few deaths and injuries. From a high of 68 deaths attributed to inflating airbags in 1995 model vehicles, only 1 such death occurred in a 2004 model (a 56-year-old woman in the front passenger seat). No deaths were caused by inflating airbags in 2002-03 models. Read More »

What Steps can you Take to Reduce Airbag Risk

Always place an infant in a rear-facing infant seat in the back seat. Always transport children 1 to 12 years old in the back seat and use appropriate child restraints. Always buckle your seat belt. Keep 10 inches between the center of the air bag cover and your breastbone. The vast majority of people don’t need an on-off switch. Almost ... Read More »

Airbags with Switches Expert Argues Safety Benefits Increasing Occupant Safety

On the mind of many drivers and passengers these days is whether to invest in airbag switches in order to increase occupant safety. Given that airbags are designed to protect vehicle occupants in the event of a crash, the concept of turning them off seems illogical. But, a growing number of vehicle owners and safety watchdogs point to established evidence ... Read More »

Who Should Consider Installing an On-Off Switch?

People who must transport infants riding in rear-facing infant seats in the front passenger seat. People who must transport children ages 1 to 12 in the front passenger seat. Drivers who cannot change their customary driving position and keep 10 inches between the center of the steering wheel and the center of their breastbone. People whose doctors say that, due ... Read More »

Airbags and Injury

A reader wrote in to share with us the death of her teenager from the deployment of an airbag. We were very sorry to hear about her loss. Nothing we can say will bring back her beloved child. But perhaps others can learn from her grief and willingness to share. Her questions brought up issues that should be addressed. But ... Read More »