Injury Patterns Sustained in Fatal Motor Vehicle Collisions with Driver's Third-Generation Airbag Deployment

Data from 110 frontal and offset frontal motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Ontario during 2011-2012 was used to compare fatal injury patterns for drivers with and without seat belt use and the deployment or non-deployment of first-, second-, and third-generation airbags. The main objective of this analysis was to determine the performance of third-generation airbags compared with first- and second-generation airbags. Third-generation airbags were introduced in 2007 and have sensors that adjust the force of deployment. The risk of fatal thoracic injuries in third- and second-generation deployment cases was increased while the odds of craniocerebral, cervical spinal, thoracic, and abdominal injuries were not statistically different for airbag generation, deployment status, and seatbelt use due to the small sample size. Seatbelt use in third- and second-generation deployment cases reduced the risk of all injuries except abdominal trauma.


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  • Accession Number: 01673526
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 2018 9:48AM