2005-06-02

Airbags

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.

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