Side Air Bags – Protection in Near Side Impacts
- Published: Center for Injury Sciences, University of Alabama, 2004
- Authors: S. Moran
- Date Added: 04 Feb 2013
- Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
Study in to effectiveness of side-impact safety features in US cars.
Review of vehicles involved in side impact RTIs and the injuries that can be caused.
In near-side impact multi-vehicle RTIs, front seat drivers and passengers in vehicles with side air bags have lower risk of head & thoracic injury than those in vehicles without.
Head side airbag could give a 45 per cent risk of fatality reduction in near-side impact RTIs.
Chest side airbag could give 11 per cent risk of fatality reduction in near-side impact RTIs.
Future research is needed to determine if side airbags reduce the risk of specific injuries (e.g., head and chest injury).
Side Impact, Airbags, Side Airbags
- Information on actual Side Airbags deployment not reliably available in CDS data files.
- Thus, Side Airbags availability used as a surrogate for Side Airbags deployment.
- Side Airbags as standard versus optional equipment.
- Only front seat occupants were studied.