Do airbags prevent injury from car accidents?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Air bags are required in new cars. If you own an older car that doesn't have them, consider trading it in for a car that does. Air bags reduce the risk of death by 9 to 16 percent among drivers already using a seat belt, and by as much as 20 percent among drivers not wearing seat belts. Experts estimate that air bags have prevented approximately 56,000 fatalities and a lot more disability from head-on collisions over the last ten years.
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