Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 14:16:28 -0500 From: "Fred W." <Fred.Willsnospamove this to reply to' myrealbox.com> Subject: Re: Do You Have A Glove Box?
"Fred W." <Fred.Willsnospamove this to reply to' myrealbox.com> wrote in message news:4p6dnch0D5d_RBrcRVn-2gnospamphia.com... > > "Colin Stamp" <colinnospamp.plus.com> wrote in message > news:qsedo0teqpo20ouiirm3vt43k8vapojvr1nospamcom... >>>A casual Google gives me no sites that say otherwise. Please provide a >>>link >>>to any credible site that does. >> >> I already have. On this very thread even. >> http://groups.google.co.uk/groups?hl=en&lr=&selm=cu48o058iilai36cc3oq1mkndnlfvrhnsb%404ax.com >> >> or there's this, which mentions legislation. >> http://www.cars.com/carsapp/kentucky/?srv=parser&act=display&tf=/advice/safety/airbags/airbags_switch.tmpl >> >> or how about this. >> http://www.dotars.gov.au/transreg/str_airbag.htm >> >> *One thing I haven't come across, is anything to say that the >> legislation is still current. > > Funny that there are more foreign (non-US based) web sites that make this > claim about the US situation that there are sites within the US. It does > seem to cast some doubt about the credidability of such claims. > > I think more digging is in order. Perhaps as you say, this was the > intention at one time, but I'm pretty sure it is not any longer. I'll see > if I can find out more from NHTSA. > > -Fred W My apologies; It appears that I have been incorrect in my assertion that the US airbags were designed to be effective only with seatbelt use. I was always under that impression and find it ludicrous that it would be anything different. But alas, it seems that the NHTSA, under prompting from consumer groups including one "Ralph Nader" have made the manufacturers certify the frontal airbags for protection of the 50th percentile unbelted male. It appears that trhis design requirement is still in place today. I do not know that the European airbags are actually any different, but it would certainly appear that their mandated requirements are different. I suppose I should not be all that surprised. It certainly is not the first instance of the NHTSA getting things such as this farkled up... Fred W