Atlanto-occipital dislocation: an unusual lethal airbag injury

J Emerg Med. 2000 Feb;18(2):215-9. doi: 10.1016/s0736-4679(99)00197-3.


Airbag-induced injury fatality is increasing in frequency. We present the case of a 6-year-old passenger who sustained a fatal atlanto-occipital dislocation associated with airbag deployment in a low-speed motor vehicle crash. The current literature regarding airbag fatalities and methods to ameliorate airbag-induced injury are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Air Bags / adverse effects*
  • Atlanto-Occipital Joint*
  • Child
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / diagnostic imaging
  • Joint Dislocations / etiology*
  • Male
  • Radiography