Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply.— Drs Larkin and Weber are correct
in that a broad range of measures need to be considered as efforts are made
to reduce the risks and increase the effectiveness of occupant-restraint technologies.
However, we would use caution in predicting which measures will be more cost-effective
until formal risk analysis is done. For example, although air bag cutoff switches
have been recently approved, no real-world data are available on whether individuals
will use them correctly.
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