Are They Dangerous?

Airbags can cause injury, though such incidents are rare. The force of the bags' deployment, when combined with the forward motion of a car's occupant, can result in lacerations, bruises, or worse. The problem was more prevalent during the early 1990s, however. Since then, automakers have depowered their respective systems to minimize the threat of harm.
Have Airbags Caused Fatalities?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been nearly 300 deaths attributable to frontal airbags between 1990 and 2008. The NHTSA study goes further to clarify that 90 percent of the fatalities were young children who were either unbelted or positioned improperly in car seats. As mentioned above, automakers have made changes to their deployment systems to reduce - and potentially, eliminate - the danger.

To date, the NHTSA has been unable to confirm any fatalities attributable to side airbags. This is likely because side bags are smaller, and deploy with much less force.


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