USA: Independent test shows value of head protecting side airbags
Side airbags that include head protection are reducing deaths by about 45% among drivers of passenger cars struck on the near (driver) side. Side airbags that protect the chest and abdomen, but not the head, also are reducing deaths, but they're less effective (about 10%). These are the major findings of an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study of the real-world effectiveness of side airbags.
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