This article looks at the problem of determining whether or not to mandate safety-belt use or to install automatic occupant-protection systems in vehicles. Part of the problem is that both safety belts and airbags are quite effective--but in different kinds of accidents. The one advantage airbags have over conventional lap-and-shoulder belts is that they remain out of the way and out of sight until they are actually required in an accident. But a major concern with airbags is cost, which is very speculative, ranging from estimates of a couple of hundred to over a thousand dollars. At the present time three options are being considered: an amendment of FMVSS 208 to require only airbags or only automatic belts; retention of FMVSS 208 requirements with new dates established for installation of passive restraints; or rescission of the FMVSS 208 requirements with the justification for that action.

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    American Automobile Association

    8111 Gatehouse Road
    Falls Church, VA  United States  22047
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, H H
  • Publication Date: 1984-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 9-10
  • Serial:
    • AAA World
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: AAA Potomac
    • ISSN: 0279-0270

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00391320
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 079
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1984 12:00AM