New air bag regulations up for public commentDecember 30, 1996
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Federal regulators planned to propose new rules for air bags Monday, including one that would allow automakers to install less forceful devices.
The new rules also give consumers the option of having the air bag disconnected. President Clinton announced the proposed new rules Saturday, and a final decision is due early next year after a public comment period.
Although air bags have been credited with saving hundreds of lives, the deaths of 52 people, mostly children and small women, have been blamed on air bags inflating with too much force.
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