Knee airbags might not actually reduce risk of injury: IIHS

first_imgStuffing more airbags in your vehicle might not actually make it safer, according to a new study released by the IIHS looking at the effectiveness of knee airbags, The Car Connection reports.The study, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, found that knee airbags actually didn’t provide any real reduction of injury risk in real-world crashes, and may have actually increased injuries in some cases.“There are many different design strategies for protecting against the kind of leg and foot injuries that knee airbags are meant to address,” said IIHS senior research engineer Becky Mueller. “Other options may be just as, if not more, effective.” Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca center_img Trending Videos The study compiled crash data from 14 states that involved vehicles with and without knee airbags, and found that the overall risk of injury from an accident was only reduced by 0.5 percent when knee airbags were used, a figure the IIHS concluded was not statistically significant.In the over 400 crashes performed by the institute, head injuries were reduced, but knee airbags actually increased the risk of lower leg injuries and right femur injuries when the vehicle was involved in a driver-side small- and moderate-overlap crash test.Knee airbags may be included by automakers to reduce head injuries in-vehicle occupants who aren’t wearing a seatbelt by equally distributing impact forces across the legs, according to the IIHS. By controlling lower body movement, the knee airbags can also reduce upper-body injuries. The IIHS test did not include whether or not the occupants were belted in at the time of the impact. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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