An air bag decapitated a 1-year-old girl in a low-speed collision between two cars at a parking lot.
The accident Tuesday night triggered the passenger-side air bag in a Volkswagen Jetta driven by the victim's mother, 21-year-old Rebecca Blackman. The air bag killed Alexandra Greer."It otherwise would have been a minor traffic accident," police Lt. Tim Rosenvall said.
Blackman rear-ended a car that had just entered the parking lot near the Boise Towne Square Mall, witnesses said. It was not immediately clear how fast Black-man was traveling or whether the girl was in an infant seat.
Air bags deploy at up to 200 mph and have been blamed for the deaths of 31 children and 20 adults - mostly smaller women - in low-speed crashes they otherwise would have survived.
In response to concerns, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring strongly worded warning labels about air bags in new cars and is considering other changes, such as bags that deploy less forcefully.