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Were there any injuries from the seat belts alone?

The programming and sensor thresholds for airbag deployment are proprietary (secret) and are a compromise between triggering too soon and harming small occupants, or firing too late and failing to protect in more violent crashes.

In general, what you report happens more often than the public believes, but there are no firm answers. For more reading:

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2006/airbags/airbags_new_cars.html
 
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