Although air bags
can cause facial injuries to anyone wearing glasses, for example, these and other minor injuries from air bags
are a small price to pay for avoiding a crushed head or chest.
By then, it may be too late because air bags
have not fired or are in the process of filling, possibly adding to injuries from the crash.
Toyota on Monday recalled passenger air bags
in 247,000 old vehicles that included the Corolla, Lexus SC, Matrix, Tundra and Sequoia.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), air bags
have saved 5,658 lives since their introduction in the late 1980s.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety argued that "the proposed warning could mislead the public by implying that air bags
can cause fatal or serious injuries that would not have occurred in a comparable vehicle without an air bag
," even though that was exactly the case.
As the lowest priced car in the United States, the $8,079 Accent is a 2-door hatchback featuring dual air bags
, a 92-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission.
To obtain effective safety-belt laws now, without denying the public this ultimate protection of air bags
, insurers and safety groups strongly recommend that each state considering belt laws include a legislative statement of intent.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, nearly 20,000 lives have been saved by air bags
deploying in an accident.
Deploying air bags
have been clocked up to 300 mph; most deploy between 200 and 300 mph.
have prevented far more injuries than they have caused.
Optional anti-lock brakes and traction control plus standard dual air bags
add a large measure of safety.
Nevertheless, air bags
offer only limited protection against neuromusculoskeletal injuries, such as cracked ribs.