The study estimates the macroeconomic impacts of a regulatory alternative that would require airbag restraints in all new vehicles. Publicly available data were used to derive ranges of assumptions for airbag prices and vehicle demand price elasticities. Base-level vehicle sales and price data were obtained from published sources. The major conclusion of the study is that such a regulatory option would have a significant impact on new vehicle sales and on several macroeconomic factors. A range of impacts was calculated. The study indicates a need for additional macroeconomic analyses of the passive restraint regulatory options under consideration. The limitations of the study are indicated, and the results should be interpreted within those constraints.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Program in Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109
  • Authors:
    • Richardson, B C
    • Borener, S S
  • Publication Date: 1983-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 78 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00394216
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UM-UTEP-83-6, HS-037 688
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM