Adult Front-Seat Passengers Exposed to Airbag Deployments
In comparison to drivers exposed to steering-wheel airbag deployments in frontal crashes, there have been fewer front-seat passengers exposed to airbag deployments for 1) many of the cars in crashes did not have dual airbags and 2) the front passenger seat is less often occupied. Of the 826 airbag crashes detailed by UMTRI crash investigators at the time of this manuscript preparation, there were 145 front-seat passengers, exposed to instrument panel mounted airbags. Most of these front-seat passengers 124 were involved in the frontal crashes. There were 92 who were 16 years of age or older, 24 were under 12 years of age and 11 young teenagers, 13-15 years of age. Of those who were 16 years or older in frontal crashes 70% had an MAIS-1 injury. None of the MAIS-2 injuries were directly related to airbag deployments. Of the AIS-3+ level injuries, about two-thirds were not airbag related.