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Seat belts prevent more deaths than airbags

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:0

Using a seat belt reduces the risk of death by 65%, according to a study of 51 031 driver-passenger car crash pairs by Cummings and colleagues (p1119). Driver air bags offer relatively little benefit in road vehicle crashes, with just an 8% reduction in the risk of death, whether the driver was belted or not. The reduction in risk was greater for women (12%) than men (6%). Seat belts in combination with an air bag give a 68% reduction in the risk of death.

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