Since the introduction of torso-protecting side airbags (SAB) in the middle of the previous decade, their prevalence has increased at a considerable rate. By model year 2008, torso SAB availability increased to 65% of new vehicles sold in the United States [1]. This increasing popularity has necessitated a scientific understanding of injury risks associated with SAB deployment. Although much has been reported regarding detrimental frontal airbag deployment [2], detrimental SAB deployment scenarios remain obscure.

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