Last update: 15/08/2003 15:46:39
The project objectives are to:
* study specific accidents in which the airbag is thought to have caused, or increased the level of injury, in order to identify particular problems with either the system or method of use,
* study specific accidents in which the airbag is thought to have prevented serious or fatal injury,
* analyse a wider spectrum of accident data to determine the broader picture, including an assessment of injury reduction benefit, and
* identify areas to be targeted for future casualty reduction measures including any desirable improvements in performance or use.
Airbags are generally acknowledged to improve the protection offered to car occupants although in some accidents there have been claims that they have contributed to injuries. Specifically, babies in car seats, children and adults of short stature have been thought to be at increased risk compared to others.
This project will focus on obtaining a balanced and improved understanding of the overall benefits and risks involved with both front and side airbag deployments for a range of vehicle occupants.
Holywell Building, Holywell Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3UZ
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Cost to the Department: £68,250.00
Actual start date: 08 February 2001
Actual completion date: 31 March 2002
Assessment of Airbag Effectiveness - Overview and Results Summary
Author: Vehicle Safety Research Centre
Publication date: 18/03/2002
Source: Contact Vince.Gill@dft.gsi.gov.uk