OVERBLOWN: EXAMINING THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF AUTOMOTIVE AIR BAGS

One of the major safety innovations on automobiles in recent years are air bags which deploy in a collision to help reduce injury or prevent death. Air bags are credited with saving a number of lives, yet they are not a panacea for accident/injury reduction. This paper reviews the issues and some of the available evidence regarding the costs and effectiveness of automotive air bags and the implications for Canada. It begins with a brief summary of how air bags work. It summarizes evidence on the effectiveness of air bags; and addresses the costs and benefits of air bags. Some research needs are identified and brief conclusions follow.

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00797498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 21 2000 12:00AM