Airbags and Children: Results of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Special Investigation Into Actual Crashes

TitleAirbags and Children: Results of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Special Investigation Into Actual Crashes
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1996
AuthorsWinston FK, Reed R
Conference NameStapp Car Crash Conference
VolumeP-305
Pagination383-9
Date Published11/1996
PublisherSociety of Automotive Engineers
Conference LocationWarrendale, PA
ISBN1560919019
KeywordsAccident severity, Air Bags, Children, Collisions, Conferences, Fatalities, Infants, Injury severity, Vehicles
Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine the interaction of air bags and children in actual crash scenarios. Investigations were conducted as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Special Crash Investigation Programme. A case series is presented of more than twenty serious or fatal injuries in children attributed to air bag deployment. Cases of children whose lives were saved by air bags, the "success stories," were not included in the series because these cases were not reported to the NHTSA. Analysis of the investigations included determination of vehicle dynamics, occupant kinematics, and injury patterns in order to define injury mechanisms.

URLhttp://trid.trb.org/view/1996/C/576920