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Contributing to a Safer World

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 1.2 million people perish each year on the world’s roads and between 20 and 50 million suffer severe injuries.
While human suffering cannot be measured, monetary costs to society from car accidents are estimated in the hundreds of billions of dollars each year for health care, rehabilitation and loss of income.
 
Innovation and the focus on saving lives have been the hallmarks for Autoliv from its
inception half a century ago. Now our products save over 30
,000 lives every year and prevent ten times as many severe injuries. The next step is to further reduce road traffic accidents with active safety systems that can assist the driver to avoid an accident or, at least, reduce the speed of impact, thereby substantially mitigating the severity of injuries.

Road Traffic Fatalities in Selected High-income Countries


Over the past thirty years we have seen a decling trend in road traffic fatalities in many high-income countries despite increased traffic. This positive trend is mainly releated to progress in occupant safety and change in behaviour.    

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) 2010

 

Death Causes


Most (90%) of the world's fatalities on the roads occur in low-income and middle income countries, which have only 48% of the world's registrated vehicles.  If the current trend continues, the number of annual deaths will double by 2030.

 

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) 2010