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J Emerg Med. 1994 May-Jun;12(3):317-20.

Strangulation associated with a passive restraint shoulder harness seatbelt: case report.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital, New York 14642.


Diagonal shoulder harness restraint devices have been implicated as causes of neck trauma in motor vehicle accidents. This type of seatbelt is commonly used as an alternative to airbags in required passive restraint systems. A case of strangulation secondary to an automatically engaging diagonal shoulder harness used without the accompanying lap seatbelt is reported.

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