Facial, Periorbital and Ocular Injuries Related to Steering-Wheel Airbag Deployments 970490
To determine the frequency of facial injuries from steering-wheel airbag deployments, 540 consecutive steering-wheel airbag deployments, investigated by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) personnel, were reviewed. About 1 in 3 drivers sustain an injury to the face. Injuries to the area surrounding the eye (periorbital) or to the eyeball (ocular) rarely occur. The frequencies of facial or ocular injuries are the same for belted and unbelted drivers. Drivers of short stature had a higher frequency of facial injury. Females sustained ocular injuries more frequently than males. Untethered airbags were not overly involved in drivers with an ocular injury. No specific make or model car were overly represented in the ocular injury cases.
Citation: Huelke, D., Schneider, L., Reed, M., and Gilbert, R., "Facial, Periorbital and Ocular Injuries Related to Steering-Wheel Airbag Deployments," SAE Technical Paper 970490, 1997, https://doi.org/10.4271/970490. Download Citation
Donald F. Huelke, Lawrence W. Schneider, Matthew P. Reed, Ryan J. Gilbert
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
SAE International Congress and Exposition
Motor Vehicle Safety Design Innovations-SP-1226, SAE 1997 Transactions - Journal of Passenger Cars-V106-6