NHTSA TESTS SUGGEST CHRYSLER MINIVAN AIR-BAG HAZARD

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing has revealed a possible safety hazard involving aggressive air bags in DaimlerChrysler AG minivans, and the agency said it is also analyzing on-the-road crash results for all such minivans built since 1994. Consumer activist groups allege that, based on court cases and federal statistics, passenger-side air bags in the minivans have caused some 20 deaths or serious injuries. They want a recall of approximately 2 million minivans, model years 1994-1997, to refit them so they will inflate with less force. During the 1997 model year, Chrysler changed its air-bag system, using lower-powered air bags that the government then allowed because of concerns about child and small-adult deaths caused by more powerful systems.

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  • Accession Number: 00779652
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1999 12:00AM