Airbags have saved an estimated 2620 lives as of November 1997. However, airbags also have caused a number of injuries and deaths and have received a lot of publicity from the NHTSA and the media as a result. The majority of the injuries have occurred when seat belts and shoulder harnesses were not used properly in conjunction with airbags. This article describes an injury that apparently occurred despite use of an age-appropriate, state-of-the-art child protection seat.
- Received September 22, 1997.
- Accepted February 26, 1998.
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