A fatality associated with the deployment of an automobile airbag

J Trauma. 1995 Dec;39(6):1204-6. doi: 10.1097/00005373-199512000-00039.


Airbags have become an increasingly accepted automobile safety feature that can reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with motor vehicle collisions. We present the following case report of an unusual fatality with multiple internal injuries from a minor mechanism motor vehicle collision. The cause of injuries was determined to be secondary to the deployment of a driver's side airbag without the concomitant use of a lap-shoulder belt.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Aged
  • Air Bags / adverse effects*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology*