According to an article in the February issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, the risk of suffering an spinal fracture in a car accident decreases by 33% with the combined use of a seat belt and airbag. The findings came as the result of a team of doctors performing a retrospective cohort study of car accident and injury data from the time period of 1994-2002. The researchers suggested that more resources should be directed toward increasing the use of both seat belts and air bags, given the level of their protective effects. In an editorial accompanying the article, Dr. Charles Tator recommended that lower speed limits, new methods of passive seat belt activation and the requirement of event data recorders in all vehicles could reduce the rate of spinal fractures suffered in automobiile accidents.
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