[A new airbag report] shows that when all crash data is studied, not just those with fatalities, you see an increased chance of death from having an airbag.
>While the value of airbags seems dubious in the new study, the value of seatbelts is not. The analysis found that proper use of a seatbelt reduces the odds of death by 67 percent for any given speed category and airbag availability. ___Airbags, however, cause no statistical difference in car-crash deaths, except for unseatbelted occupants at low speeds___, where the odds of death are estimated to be more than four times higher with an airbag than without. (emphasis mine)
I have always had the fear that an airbag deployment will do more harm than good in my situation because I am short and sit close to the steering wheel.
: http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/node/8072 “New Airbag Report”