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


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


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.


Side air bags


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