Airbag effectiveness in real world crashes in Australia

Joanne Barnes, Andrew Morris, Brian Fildes, Michael Fitzharris, Richard Frampton

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UK accident data show that, without an airbag, head contacts with steering wheels remain a common cause of head injury to belted drivers in frontal crashes. Analysis of Australian data revealed reductions in the numbers of all injuries to the head, face chest and neck in airbag-equipped vehicles but an increase in upper extremity injuries. At higher injury severities (AIS2+) reductions were also observed in injuries to the head, face, neck and chest. The mean HARM was reduced from Aus $40.8 thousand to Aus $25.2 thousand in airbag equipped cars.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IMechE Conference on Vehicle Safety
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherInstitute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)1860583881
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventInternational Conference on Vehicle Safety 2002 - IMechE Headquarter, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 May 200229 May 2002

Publication series

Name IMechE conference transactions
PublisherInstitute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
ISSN (Electronic)0196-6006


ConferenceInternational Conference on Vehicle Safety 2002
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • airbag
  • crash
  • cost of injury
  • injury
  • MAIS
  • frontal crash

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