Side Air Bags and Safety

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A study by the insurance industry finds that driver deaths in side-impact collisions dropped by more than half in SUV's equipped with head-protecting side air bags.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that side air bags could save the lives of about two-thousand drivers a year if every vehicle on the road had them. It says side air bags lower the risk of death "across the board," no matter the driver or size of the vehicle.

The government estimates more than nine-thousand people were killed in side crashes in 2004 -- nearly 30-percent of all traffic deaths.

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