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July 8, 1990
An air bag was credited with preventing serious injury to a policeman early Saturday morning when a collision destroyed his patrol car and critically injured the other driver. San Diego police said Sgt. Charles Kindred escaped with bruised ribs, neck pain and a chipped tooth when a vehicle ran a stop sign at 49th Street and Federal Boulevard about 2 a.m. and hit the patrol car. Air bags are standard on the newest patrol cars, a police spokesman said.
January 11, 1999
The Ford Motor Co. will soon begin to equip its vehicles with so-called "smart" air bags. The system will reportedly use electronic sensors to control the bag's deployment, based on crash speed and the seat occupant's weight. Great, but here's a question for the auto industry: Why wasn't this done earlier?
August 29, 2002 | From Reuters
U.S. safety regulators have intensified another investigation into reported defects involving Ford Motor Co.'s Focus compact car, citing 130 complaints of burn injuries from air bags. The injury complaints add to a litany of problems that have beset the Focus since Ford put it on sale in 2000, marketing the car to young buyers to introduce them to the Ford brand.
April 8, 1997 | TRACY WILSON
Automotive giant General Motors Corp. should pay a 78-year-old Ventura woman at least $500,000 because of a defective air bag in her car, an attorney argued in Ventura County Superior Court on Monday. Los Angeles attorney John H. Wolf told a jury in his closing arguments that the nation's largest car maker knew the risks of the air bag in Norma Pruitt's vehicle but failed to warn her and other consumers.
October 31, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Government officials concluded that an air bag killed an 8-month-old fetus in which the mother was only bruised, the first such confirmed death of its kind, USA Today reported. The 35-week-old fetus was killed in Georgia in 1994 when a pregnant woman was involved in a slow-speed crash, the newspaper reported. The woman told National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigators she was wearing her seat belt, the paper said.
August 20, 2002 | Associated Press
General Motors Corp. recalled nearly 720,000 cars and trucks that have potential air bag problems. The first recall includes 570,000 model year 2000 pickups and sport utility vehicles with a problem that could prevent air bags from working in certain frontal collisions. The affected models include Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups and Tahoe/Suburban and Yukon/Yukon XL SUVs.
Nissan Motor America has launched a "safety improvement campaign" to improve air bag performance for its popular new 2002 Altima sedan, and General Motors Corp. has begun a recall of an estimated 60,000 of its new mid-size sport utility vehicles to fix a fuel filter.
August 3, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co. faces a U.S. safety investigation and potential recall of 240,193 of its 2004 Accord sedans after the driver-side air bag failed during two crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the inquiry last week after air-bag failures during tests of damage when higher-riding light trucks crash into cars from the side, an agency spokesman said. The bag fabric had a large tear and didn't fully inflate, the Washington-based agency said. Honda, whose U.S.
June 22, 1995
Safety Components International Inc., a Costa Mesa manufacturer of automotive products, said that it raised $25.5 million through the sale of 1.5 million shares of common stock at $17 a share. The net proceeds from the public offering will be used primarily to construct a plant in the Czech Republic and to expand existing facilities in Ensenada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
May 12, 1998 | Associated Press
Toyota Motor Sales USA said it will legally protect dealers who install air bag on-off switches for qualified customers. The Torrance-based unit of Japan's No. 1 auto maker, Toyota Motor Corp., said its parts policy covers lawsuits over alleged defects in installing Toyota switches. In addition, Toyota said it will provide coverage in excess of dealers' insurance levels for installing air bag switches.
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