A cost-benefit analysis to assess the effectiveness of frontal center curtain airbag

Bo Kyeong Lee, Eun Jin Han, So Young Sohn, Yong Sun Kim, Jong Young Yoon, Jun Yeol Choi

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Several new varieties of airbags are under consideration for development. However, their commercialization decision must be backed by a positive Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) outcome. In this study, we propose a CBA framework for the frontal center curtain airbag, a newly designed safety system intended to reduce the injury risk of rear-seat passengers. The proposed CBA covers not only economic benefits of the producer but also the effectiveness in sustainable reduction of the fatal and injury rate. In this context, with accumulated field data on road traffic accidents, a forecasting method reflecting the reduced casualties and the market share of vehicle sales associated with frontal center curtain airbag is utilized. Our results suggest that the use of frontal center curtain airbags helps to reduce the number of casualties with a Maximum Abbreviated Injury Scale (MAIS) of 3 or above by 87.4%. Furthermore, both the initial market penetration rate and price of the frontal center curtain airbag significantly influence its socioeconomic benefits. By evaluating the effectiveness of the frontal center curtain airbag, our study can contribute to the decision making for its commercialization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1745
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sept 27

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was partly supported by the Hyundai Motor Company. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (2016R1A2A1A05005270).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 by the authors.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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