AIR BAG-ASSOCIATED FATAL INJURIES TO INFANTS AND CHILDREN RIDING IN FRONT PASSENGER SEATS -- UNITED STATES

Air bags, when used as a supplement to safety belts, effectively prevent deaths and serious injuries in frontal motor-vehicle crashes. Air bags are standard equipment in most new cars; federal safety standards require that all new passenger cars and light trucks be equipped with both driver- and passenger-side air bags by 1999. The safety of air bags is well documented, and air bags have saved an estimated 900 lives since the late 1980s; however, special precautions are needed to safely transport children in vehicles equipped with air bags. Reports of eight deaths of child passengers in crashes involving air-bag deployment are of special concern because they involved low-speed crashes that the children otherwise might have survived. This report summarizes three of these eight cases.

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    Department of Health and Human Services

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30333
  • Publication Date: 1995-11-17

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00715463
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 8 1996 12:00AM