The following statement can be attributed to Sue Cischke, Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs & Passenger Car Operations, DaimlerChrysler Corporation.

“DaimlerChrysler Corporation has a strong and long-standing commitment to increasing vehicle safety through improvements in air bag technology. We support the final rule on advanced air bag systems because it represents a carefully balanced approach to increasing occupant protection while minimizing the risks to children and others from air bag deployments.

“A broad coalition of health and safety organizations (National Transportation Safety Board, American Trauma Society, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, American Automobile Association, National Safety Council, National Association of Governors’ Highway Safety Representatives, and National Safe Kids) shared the view of our company and the rest of the automobile industry in the position that the government should not require a crash test that would result in higher power air bags. The government saw the merits of this position allowing improvements to continue to be made in advancing the lifesaving benefits of air bags without placing children and others at greater risk.

“Advancements in air bag technology can further reduce, but not eliminate, the risks to vehicle occupants. Air bags are a supplemental safety device designed to work in combination with seat belts as part of an overall safety system.

“Through its ‘The Back Is Where It’s At’ and ‘Fit For A Kid’ safety initiatives, DaimlerChrysler Corporation is committed to educating parents and children about air bag safety and the importance of proper child restraint.”

Always wear your seat belt.
Children under 12 should be properly restrained in the back seat.