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Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2004 16:14:28 +0000
From: Pooh Bear <>
Subject: Re: Do You Have A Glove Box?

"Fred W." wrote: > 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, They are. They don't maim / kill ppl. > 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... Land of the free ( to not wear seatbelts ) ! Wonderful ! Graham

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