Right or wrong, the way WPR news explained this the computer runs a diagnoses to test the air bag circuits. And if you just happen to crash during this test, the airbags will not go off.
Also explained this way, if not wearing your seat belts and run into an unmovable object head on you are only good to survive if driving under 25 mph, if you are wearing your safety belts, good up to maybe 40 mph.
But driving at 20 mph isn't safe either if you have a head on collision with say a Bradley tank, also going 20 mph directly toward you. Its the collision speed that counts. Air bags are next to worthless in rollovers. Like off the side of a mountain road with a 2,000 foot drop.
Just saying, depending on the circumstance of these so-called accidents, deploying the airbags or not may not make any difference at all.
Just heard somebody was killed in our town getting hit by a train on Main Street. What? That crossing has gates that drop well before the train is even close. Just tell you what happened no details.
Same by looking at our history of injuries and deaths on our highways, all of this new safety stuff is really not dropping these numbers.