Air Bag Safety in Road Traffic Accidents

This article presents a case report of a husband and wife who were involved in a high-speed, head-on road traffic accident (RTA). Both had seat belt restraints, but air bag deployment occurred on the driver's side only. Both patients sustained sternal fractures with the husband's fracture more displaced, resulting in an increased analgesic requirement and hospital stay for him. The authors discuss the history and mechanism of air bag function with a review of air bag safety following RTAs. The authors highlight the need to remain vigilant for more serious injuries in a patient with the combined protection of both seat belt restraint and air bag compared to seat belt restraint only. They conclude that although they are beneficial and protective in most cases, air bag deployment is not without risk and has its own unique complications.

  • Authors:
    • O'Donnell, M E
    • McCaul, D
    • Nazir, M
    • McGuigan, J
  • Publication Date: 2005-10


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01013474
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 12 2005 5:40AM