Panel to hold hearings on air bags

Oct. 26, 2007 at 1:55 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A congressional subcommittee plans hearings in Washington on air bag deployment in automobiles.

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., issued an announcement Thursday following an investigative report in The Kansas City Star on air bags. The newspaper found 1,400 fatalities in vehicles involved in head-on collisions in which air bags did not deploy.

Two members of the Senate Consumer Affairs, Insurance and Automotive Safety Subcommittee urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take a look at air bags, the Star said.

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and automobile manufacturers can and should do more to analyze non-deployments of airbags in accidents in order to discover reasons for failures and to further reduce the number of future failures," said Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., the panel's chairman.

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