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posted on Jun, 3 2005 @ 06:44 AM
A just released study done by a statistician at the University of Georgia flatly contradicts National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that airbags have saved some 10,000 lives as of January 2004. The study was published this week in the magazine "Chance."
According to UGA Statistics Professor Mary C. Meyer the evidence shows that airbags do more harm than good. The reason earlier studies found that airbags saved lives is because they used only a subset of the data available for study and the subset skewed the results in favor of airbags. "We are confident that our analyses better reflect the actual effectiveness of airbags in the general population," said Meyer. Controlling for other (contributing) factors in our study, we found that airbags are actually associated with a slightly increased probability of death in accidents.

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It has been known for years that airbags can cause deaths in young children, cause miscarriages in pregnant women, and cause sometimes serious injuries to automobile drivers. This study finally shows the fallacy of NHTSA's claims about airbags saving lives and hopefully will result in improved passive restraints for automobiles. This subject has needed study and public discussion for sometime and this new study may provide the stimulus necessary to get it.

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[edit on 3-6-2005 by Astronomer68]

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