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Hundreds Denied OK to Disable Air Bags

Nation / IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C.

December 14, 1996

In the last few months, nearly 800 consumers have written officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for a waiver so a mechanic can disconnect their air bags. The agency has granted 80 waivers, all to people who cited medical problems, officials said. But the agency has turned away hundreds of requests, telling people to wait until next year when the agency writes a regulation allowing them to make their own decision.

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