A new study found that both short and tall people were at risk of injury from an air bag as opposed to having a protective benefit and that they could receive some serious injuries from them.

The researchers went through more than 11 years of data that included both older air bags and the newer "smart" air bags, designed to compensate for a person's weight.

Data on 67,284 drivers and front-seat passengers involved in car crashes have been collected. It was found that air bags were effective for people of medium height but harmful to people shorter than 4 feet 11 inches tall and taller than 6 feet 3 inches.

For the time being, there is no federal safety guideline regarding occupant size for adults and air bags but if you are too tall or two short, you are certainly putting yourselves at risk if driving in front seat of the car that has an air bag.

The data the researchers examined also revealed that young women were catching up to men in risky driving behaviors like using drugs and alcohol. More young women are dying in alcohol-related accidents and while the numbers of such fatalities are going down among men, they are rising among women.

It is essential that campaigns for traffic safety are changed, so that young women would receive public service messages as well.