• Tatiana IOV Institute of Forensic Medicine, Iasi, Romania
  • A. KNIELING “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Sofia Mihaela DAVID “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Simona Irina DAMIAN Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Diana BULGARU-ILIESCU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi


The airbag is a passive life-saving system. In case of car crashes, the airbag inflates in milliseconds, activated by collision sensors and inflates with nitrogen. Since the airbag system became mandatory on automotive industry, the number of injuries associated with it has increased. A study performed by the National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) demonstrated that 66% of passengers suffer skin injuries from airbag. The airbag associated injuries rate is 42% at upper extremities, 41% at the face level, 3% at the neck level, 11% at the chest and abdomen level and 2% at lower extremities level. Though these wounds do not jeopardize the life, about 300000 car passengers suffer airbag related injuries in the USA. In this narrative review paper, we intend to review available literature data regarding airbag related trauma. We want to underline that despite the fact these systems are meant to protect life, they can be harmful or even deadly in certain circumstances. They can induce injuries on a broad range from easy to very dangerous when.

Author Biographies

A. KNIELING, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (III)
Institute of Forensic Medicine, Iasi, Romania

Sofia Mihaela DAVID, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (III)

Simona Irina DAMIAN, Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (III)

Diana BULGARU-ILIESCU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (III)
Institute of Forensic Medicine, Iasi, Romania


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