Friday, February 17, 2006

As airbags get smarter, death toll nears zero

Airbags are major reason for decrease in auto injuries ...

"Death by airbag is nearly a thing of the past. No adults and two children died from airbag-induced injuries in the United States in 2005, according to the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash statistics. The reduction of airbag-related deaths to near zero means that the industry's efforts to improve the safety of airbags have paid off.

To date, the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute estimates that airbags have saved 18,913 lives. Deaths resulting from injuries inflicted by deploying airbags peaked in 1997, when 53 people died, including 31 children. Altogether, 264 people have been killed because of injuries attributed to airbags, which became common in vehicles in the late 1980s and early 1990s."   continued ...   (Via Crain's Detroit Business)

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