July 24, 2006
New airbags all but eliminate airbag-related fatalities
Yonkers, New York – Improvements in airbag technology have all but eliminated airbag-related fatalities, according to Consumer Reports.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that only two children died from airbag injuries in 2005. In 1997, there were 53 airbag-related deaths.
Advanced frontal airbags started appearing in 2004 vehicles. These airbag systems use sensors to detect occupant size, position, seatbelt use, and crash severity to determine the speed and timing of inflation for the driver and front passenger airbags. All vehicles produced after September 1, 2006 will be required to have advanced frontal airbags.