Air bags: Trade-offs

Marc Rosenblatt, Benjamin Freilich, David Kirsch, Jonathan M. Ducore, Herbert J. Ingraham, Henry D. Perry, Eric D. Donnenfeld, Eric T. Shebar, James G. Laurenzano, Ronald S. Zarowitz

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To the Editor: Chemical keratitis from air-bag discharge of alkali was reported by Ingraham et al. (May 30 issue).1 We have seen two cases of a previously unreported but equally worrisome condition, contusion to the eyes of drivers during air-bag inflation. A 35-year-old man driving at 35 miles per hour was hit obliquely by a car approaching from the right rear, and his air bag inflated, striking him in the left eye. He was wearing his shoulder—lap belt; he was not wearing glasses. In the emergency room, the vision in his left eye was found to be reduced to 20/200;.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1518-1519
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number21
StatePublished - 21 Nov 1991


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