Message Monday - Jan. 25, 2016 - Air bags alone won't get you home - buckle up

1-25 message mondayAir bags are a great safety tool, but air bags alone are not nearly as effective as when a seat belt is also worn.  Conclusions drawn from research on the topic provide a range of results, but every study shows that a combination of seat belt and air bag use increases your chances of surviving a crash.

According to research by the National highway Traffic Safety Administration, air bag use alone decreased the chance of dying in a crash by 13 percent, while combined use of an air bag with a three-point seat belt, could potentially reduce your chances of dying by 50 percent.

One recent study showed that air bags alone reduced fatalities by 32 percent, while the combination of air bags and seat belts doubled the decrease in mortality rate to 67 percent.  Another study showed similar results, with air bag only deaths reduced by 63 percent and air bags plus seat belt mortality reduced by 80 percent.

Sir Isaac Newton’s first law of motion – an object in motion stays in motion –is why seat belts and air bags were invented.

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