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October 7, 1992 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
Question: Why use a seat belt when driving a vehicle equipped with an air bag?W. D. Answer: The short answer is that the shoulder belt will provide significant additional protection. Studies of air bag effectiveness are problematic, partly because it is difficult to know why people don't die in major crashes--whether it is an air bag or seat belt that accounts for survival. But use of both is clearly superior to use of either one by itself, studies show.
October 28, 1995 | From Associated Press
The government's auto safety agency warned Friday that air bags could kill or seriously injure children who are not wearing seat belts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the deaths of six children killed in car crashes in the past three years to see if their injuries were caused by the force of rapidly inflating air bags. "We're very concerned," Dr. Ricardo Martinez, the agency's administrator, said in an interview.
August 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
BMW AG is recalling 200,000 vehicles over concerns that the front passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash. The German automaker says the recall involves the 2006 3 Series, the 2004-06 5 Series and the 2004-06 X3 compact sport utility vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a posting on its website Wednesday that small cracks could develop in a seat detection mat and lead the front passenger air bags to be deactivated. It also would turn on the passenger air bag "on-off" light.
Auto burglars from New York to Los Angeles have added an explosive new item to their list of things to steal--air bags. Insurance industry experts and police say the national outbreak is little more than a few months old, and although statistics are not yet available, there are plenty of word-of-mouth reports.
April 2, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Supreme Court today let stand rulings that protect automobile manufacturers from design-defect lawsuits for not installing air bags. The justices, without comment, refused to revive three such suits against General Motors, one against Honda and one against Nissan. Three federal appeals courts and a California state court ruled in favor of the car makers.
September 6, 2007 | From Reuters
The federal government effectively ordered auto manufacturers Wednesday to install advanced head and side air bags in new vehicles beginning in 2009 to provide more protection for drivers and passengers in side-impact crashes. The first-ever National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requirement aimed at reducing head injuries will force carmakers to meet aggressive criteria that could render unacceptable some side air bag systems that have been installed voluntarily in recent years.
October 17, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota will recall about 803,000 cars, including the Camry, Avalon, and Venza,  because of a problem that could inadvertently set off an airbag or shut down the power steering on the vehicles. All of the cars are from the 2012 and 2013 model years. Even the hybrid versions of the Avalon and Camry are included. Toyota said water from the air conditioning condenser unit housing could leak onto the airbag control module in the cars and cause a short-circuit. This can trigger the airbag warning light and in some instances, it will disable an air bag. In three cases, an air bag has unexpectedly deployed.
September 12, 2000 | Associated Press
General Motors Corp. has warned owners of 290,000 Buick and Oldsmobile sedans that driver-side air bags could deploy unexpectedly, but a recall cannot begin yet because GM does not have parts to fix the problem. A GM spokesman said 60 injuries, all minor, have been reported from 115 incidents of air bag deployment. The problem affects 103,000 1995 Buick Regals and 187,000 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremes from 1995-96 sold in the United States and Canada.
August 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
Many pickup truck drivers don't turn off the passenger-side air bag when carrying children, putting them at a greater risk of air bag-related injuries, according to a government study released Thursday. The government began allowing air bag switches in 1995 and recommends that the passenger-side air bag be turned off when a child younger than 13 is in the front seat.
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