Automakers Submit Proposal for Safe Side Air Bags; Voluntary Tests for Industry Certification

Unlike air bags in steer­ing wheels & dash­boards, side air bags not required or reg­u­lat­ed by Feds
Last year NHTSA asked automak­ers to devel­op com­mon approach to test­ing device’s safe­ty, par­tic­u­lar­ly for young­sters rid­ing in back seat
No reports of deaths caused by side air bags, recent­ly blamed for 46 seri­ous injuries, says Nation­al High­way Traf­fic Safe­ty Admin­is­tra­tion