The National Highway Safety Admin. wants tougher side-impact standards and mandatory head protection to be included on all passenger vehicles for the first time as early as 2009. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s key auto safety agency is proposing to enhance Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 214 by forcing auto makers to provide head protection in side crashes and enhance thorax and pelvis protection, according to a statement released by the agency. In addition, NHTSA wants the ...

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