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Updated Saturday, April 08, 2000

Suit Against DaimlerChrysler Begins
DETROIT (AP) -- A girl's death in a minivan crash resulted from ``a terribly aggressive air bag'' by an automaker more concerned about keeping down costs than proper testing of the device, an attorney argued Friday.

Suit Against DaimlerChrysler Begins

Airbag Manufacturer TRW Named in Class Action Suit

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 4, 2000--A class action suit was filed today in Maricopa County Superior Court against TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of automobile airbags, alleging that toxic emissions from TRW's plant in Mesa, Ariz., have caused health problems for residents living near the plant, and that TRW concealed information about the potential health risks of its emissions.

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Shielding More Than Wind
Windshield Installation Can Make the Difference Between Life and Death A ABC 20/20 Article explains how a windsheild replacement is important to proper Airbag Operation.

ABC 20/20 Windsheild Program

Nearly 700,000 Michigan Children Still not Buckled Up. Standard Safety Belt Use Law, Taking Effect Statewide March 10
SUMMARY:
This law should alert drivers that Michigan law enforcement is serious when it comes to buckling up -- especially when it comes to the nearly 700,000 Michigan children, ages 4-15, who reportedly are not being buckled up.

SOURCE: Michigan Department of State Police

Dual Stage Airbags

SUMMARY: The 2000 Ford Taurus and Honda Accord will have Dual-Stage Airbags as Standard Equipment. Ford Motor Co. has the dual-inflation air bags on both the driver and passenger side of its model year 2000 Taurus. Honda Motor Co. has them on just the passenger side of its 2000 Accords.

Source: Yahoo Automotive News Oct. 7, 1999

NHTSA Proposed Rule

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.
SUMMARY: The agency is proposing to upgrade the agency's occupant protection standard to require advanced air bags.
Source: NHTSA Sept. 17, 1999
Editor Note:
This document is sidestepping the issue of the stupidity of Rear Facing Child Safety Seats. It is also requiring the automakers to provide protection to people who at this late date, Still do not buckle up!

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