Injuries associated with airbag

Injuries associated with airbag

by ih-awi admin
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading causes of injuries and mortality in United States of America. Airbags drastically reduce mortality from crashes, but with the increased use of airbags there has been a corresponding increase in the number of injuries attributable to these devices. This review discusses the history and mechanism of action of airbags, along with the spectrum of injuries seen as a result of their deployment, and future advances that may be of benefit in increasing motor vehicle safety.

Airbags have been fitted into cars for nearly 50 years. During this time there have been numerous reports of injuries directly attributable to airbags. While accepting that these injuries occur, most (up to 96%) are comparatively minor. 

There is no doubting the overwhelming evidence that airbags are effective at saving lives and preventing serious injury, particularly if used with a well fitted three point seat belt, and any injury attributable to their use must be seen in light of this knowledge.

Future advances in airbag technology will help to reduce injuries caused by these devices, but will need to be implemented in conjunction with advances in other restraint and sensing systems to be most effective.