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Injuries associated with airbag deployment
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  1. L A Wallis1,
  2. I Greaves2
  1. 1Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2Peterborough District Hospital, Peterborough, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Major I Greaves, Peterborough District Hospital, Peterborough PE3 6DA, UK;
 ramcjournal.editor{at}virgin.net

Abstract

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United Kingdom. Airbags drastically reduce both morbidity and mortality from crashes, but with the increased use of airbags there has been a corresponding increase in the number of injuries attributable to these devices. This review discusses the history and mechanism of action of airbags, along with the spectrum of injuries seen as a result of their deployment, and future advances that may be of benefit in increasing motor vehicle safety.

  • motor vehicle crash
  • airbags
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