Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.

  DOT HS 809 856

2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

2003 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey Volume 3
Air Bags Report

5. Report Date

March 2005

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)
John M. Boyle and Patricia Vanderwolf
Schulman, Ronca and Bucuvalas, Inc.

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas, Inc.
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 820
Silver Spring, MD 20910

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Research and Technology
400 Seventh Street, S.W. Room 5119 (NTI-130)
Washington, D.C. 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Survey conducted Jan. 8, 2003 to
March 30, 2003

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes

16. Abstract

  The 2003 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey was the fifth in a series of biennial national telephone surveys on occupant protection issues conducted for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Data collection was conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas, Inc., a national survey research organization. The survey used two questionnaires, each administered to a randomly selected national sample of about 6,000 persons age 16 or older. Interviewing began January 8, 2003 and ended March 30, 2003. This report presents the survey findings pertaining to air bags. Detailed information on the survey methodology, as well as copies of the questionnaires, are contained in a separate NHTSA report (“2003 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey. Volume 1. Methodology Report”). The percentage of drivers with air bags in their primary vehicles has continued to increase. In 2003, 77% reported air bags in their primary vehicles, compared to 67% in 2000. The vast majority of the public (95%) understood that safety belts still needed to be worn even when the vehicle they were riding in had an air bag. Forty-three percent of the public had concerns about the safety of air bags. Despite the concerns, 83% of the public would prefer both driver and passenger air bags in their next vehicle, compared to 9% who would prefer not to have air bags in their next vehicle and 4% who were unsure what they would prefer.

17. Key Words

Occupant Protection
Air Bags

18. Distribution Statement

  Document is available to the public through the
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161

19. Security Classif. (Of this report)

20. Security Classif. (Of this page)

21. No. of Pages

22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)                             Reproduction of completed page authorized