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Feds seek tougher side air bag requirements


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The federal government wants larger and stronger side air bags to be required in new cars and trucks.

This proposal aims to address deadly rollover crashes that kill more than 10,000 people each year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the proposed changes along with new anti-rollover technology, should cut the number of rollover deaths in half.

Air bags would have to meet new performance standards aimed at keeping people from being ejected when vehicles roll over. The changes would be start to be phased in beginning with 2014 model vehicles. By 2017, all vehicles 10,000 pounds or less would be required to have the improved air bags.

The air bag standards would be in addition to rules approved during the Bush administration that require anti-rollover technology for all new vehicles by the 2012 model year.  

Online reporting by Chris Wilson

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