Study: Side air bags save lives in crashes


DETROIT, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Side air bags in passenger cars can reduce the chances of dying in a side-impact crash by as much as 45 percent, according to an insurance industry study released on Tuesday. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said its study was the first to show how effectively side air bags protected occupants in crashes. With 9,000 deaths a year in side-impact crashes, the institute predicted the death toll would fall as more vehicles are sold with side air bags. ...

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