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Re[2]: Air bags (again) (marginal Audi content)

 I too question the validity of these numbers. They smack of governmental 
cooking of the data to get the desired results. I believe in wearing 
seatbelts for personal protection in case of an accident. I do not think that 
I need to be protected from myself. That is the agenda of the NHTSA and the 
insurance industry in my opinion.  Stephen C. Kemmerer

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Subject: Re: Air bags (again) (marginal Audi content)
Author:  audidudi@delphi.com (Jeffrey J. Goggin) at Internet
Date:    9/24/97 6:09 AM

>It is my view that very few people are better off without an air bag, 
>but try telling that to the parents of this 11-year-old, whose death can 
>now be added to the following NHTSA stats:
>Drivers saved by air bags: 2,191
>Drivers killed by air bags: 34
>Passengers saved by air bags: 314
>Passengers killed by air bags: 46 children and three adults.

The obvious question (to me, anyway) is how does the NHTSA calculate these 
stats?  I suspect it's fairly easy to determine how many people were killed 
by an airbag (then again, maybe not) but determining how many people were 
"saved" seems *much* more problematic since the mere fact that an airbag 
deployed and they lived doesn't necessarily imply a causal relationship 
between the two event.

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From: audidudi@delphi.com (Jeffrey J. Goggin)
Subject: Re: Air bags (again) (marginal Audi content)
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