There Is Broad Support for Air Bags, Despite Safety Concerns

Approximately every two years the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts a national telephone survey to monitor the public's attitudes, knowledge, and self-reported behavior regarding occupant protection devices (safety belts, child restraints, air bags). The 2003 survey consisted of two questionnaires, each administered to a randomly selected sample of about 6,000 persons age 16 and older. This Traffic Tech briefly summarizes the findings concerning air bags. In 2003, 77% reported air bags in their primary vehicles, compared to 67% in late 2000. A driver and front seat passenger air bag were usually present, with some vehicles having air bags in other locations within the vehicle as well. About 87% of those surveyed said they would prefer to have air bags in their next vehicle, compared to 78% in 2000. Approximately 53% said they felt safer in motor vehicles with air bags than in motor vehicles without air bags. The overwhelming majority of the public (95%) knew that the presence of air bags does not substitute for safety belt use. Females (47%) were more likely to have concerns about the safety of air bags than were males (37%). The majority of the public believed that an adult sitting in the front seat would somewhat likely or very likely be injured by an air bag that deployed in a normal manner. Children were considered particularly vulnerable to injury from air bags.


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  • Accession Number: 01003476
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-043 803
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 2005 2:29PM