We can all feel a little safer in our vehicles, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced recently that automakers will be required to install larger side curtain airbags. These new airbags are a measure to help prevent injuries and deaths that may occur during a rollover accident.
We will start to see these new airbags in vehicles starting in 2013, with full implementation in 2018. According to NHTSA, they will help to curtail the number of people that are ejected through side windows in the event of a rollover.
Coming in second behind frontal crashes, rollovers can be deadly – if you’re involved in a rollover crash, you’re 14 times more likely to die than if you were in a frontal crash. And here are some more scary stats – in the last decade, 47% percent of people killed in rollover crashes were completely ejected from the vehicle.
“This new standard will help save lives and reduce injuries by requiring vehicles to have a safety system that keeps occupants in the vehicle in a rollover crash,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The new airbag rules will apply to vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less. The costs that come with the new application are pretty low, so it will add about $31 to the price of a vehicle.