Efficacy of Side Air Bags in Reducing Driver Deaths in Driver-Side Collisions

  • Published: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2004
  • Authors: E. Braver and S. Kyrychenko
  • Date Added: 04 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 04 Feb 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

To establish the effectiveness of side air bags in preventing US driver fatalities.

Methodology:

RTIs involving cars struck on the driver’s side were examined using data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the General Estimates System.

Key Findings:

  • Side air bags designed to protect the head appear to be very effective in reducing mortality in nearside RTIs among drivers of passenger cars.

  • Torso-only side air bags appear less protective than combination head/torso air bags.

Themes:

Side air bags

Comments:

US-based study and casualty statistics, but subject matter should prove useful to UK audience.

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