The following is a statement by Josephine S. Cooper, President, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, in response to the Advanced Air Bag rule announced today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: "The new advanced air bag rule announced today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) significantly advances motor vehicle safety and is a life-saving victory for passengers of all sizes who ride in cars and trucks equipped with air bags. Throughout this rulemaking, Alliance members have consistently stressed that the new regulation should be a comprehensive rule that adopts several important requirements: 1) new out-of-position tests; 2) a new "family" of test dummies representing infants, young children and small adults; and 3) additional and more stringent injury criteria that will result in enhanced safety performance. We are extremely gratified that these elements have been incorporated into the final rule.