Following is a General Motors (GM) statement regarding NHTSA announcement of advanced air bag rulemaking. It may be attributed to Harry Pearce, Vice Chairman, General Motors Corporation. The new advanced air bag rule reflects a thorough, comprehensive and scientific approach that will significantly improve vehicle occupant safety. More importantly, GM welcomes the rule's new testing and injury criteria that consider drivers and passengers of all sizes. In particular, the rule will provide outstanding safety benefits while minimizing the risk to children, small-stature adults and out-of-position occupants. We applaud the NHTSA and the Department of Transportation for adopting a rule that can help benefit children and other occupants.