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February 18, 1998

Cost-effectiveness of Air Bags in Motor Vehicles—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(7):506-507. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-7-jbk0218

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.