Could airbags actually increase the likelihood of injury in crashes rather than reducing it? That’s what some researchers of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, are proposing.
The team obtained information from the U.S. National Trauma Data Bank on vehicle collisions between 1988 to 2004. While seatbelt and airbag combinations reduced the risks of injury, the team discovered that, for arm and leg trauma, airbags provided no arm protection and increased chances of leg injuries by up to thirty-five percent.
The team hypothesizes that airbag deployment in the more severe collisions may be a possible reason for the results.

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