Q. Air Bag Statistics and Safety Information


The following web sites from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have statistics and other information on air bags.  

Counts for Frontal Air Bag Related Fatalities and Seriously Injured Persons:

NHTSA Publications and Data Requests—Air Bags: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/CATS/listpublications.aspx?Id=2&ShowBy=Category

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS): http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov

Occupant Protection: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Occupant+Protection

Vehicles and Equipment—Air Bags: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle+Safety/Air+Bags

SaferCar—Air Bags Safety: http://www.safercar.gov/Air+Bags

For further assistance on obtaining air bag statistics, please contact:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Center for Statistics and Analysis
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
(202) 366-4198 or 1-800-934-8517
(202) 366-7078 (FAX)

Additional NHTSA contact information is available at http://www.nhtsa.gov/Contact

The following non-DOT sites also have information available on air bags:

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):

The American Journal of Public Health (October 2000) "Driver Airbag Effectiveness by Severity of the Crash": http://www.ajph.org/cgi/reprint/90/10/1575.pdf 

(Note: These private-sector sites and/or companies are not necessarily recommended, maintained, or endorsed by the US DOT or any US Government office. We offer these suggestions strictly as a convenience, should you be interested in exploring their services)

  • Last Updated Dec 13, 2016
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