Automobile manufacturers have been ordered to install automatic protection (in up to 30-MPH crashes) for front-seat occupants of all cars sold in the U.S. beginning with the 1987 model year. Protection will have to be installed in 10% of the cars made for 1987, 25% of the cars made for 1988, 40% in 1989, and 100% in 1990. However this passive restraint law will not take effect if states governing two thirds of the national population pass mandatory seat belt laws by April 1, 1989. General Motors, Chrysler, and American Motors Corporation have said that they will push for passage of seat belt laws by states soon enough to stop the 1987 model year requirements. A provision of the passive restraint law prohibits motorists from suing automakers for punitive damages where the law requires belt use if they are in a crash but did not use them. This provision has been strongly criticized by consumer advocates. Brief comments are made regarding the ways in which U.S. auto makers will deal with the 30-MPH crash safety standard.

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    Crain Consumer Group

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  • Authors:
    • Nickele, M
  • Publication Date: 1984-8-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 5
  • Serial:
    • AutoWeek
    • Volume: 34
    • Issue Number: 32
    • Publisher: Crain Automotive Group
    • ISSN: 0005-1802

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00396526
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 579
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1985 12:00AM