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U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C.


Media Advisory
Monday, May 10, 2004
Contact: Ellen Martin/Tim Hurd
Telephone: (202) 366-9550

NHTSA to Propose Upgraded Test for Side-Impact Protection.

On Wednesday, May 12, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will announce a proposal to improve side-impact crash protection for passenger cars and light trucks, a regulatory change with great potential to reduce death and injury.

WHO: NHTSA Administrator Jeffrey W. Runge, M.D.
WHAT: Announcement of proposal upgrade of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 214, "Side Impact Protection," which includes a new crash test procedure and enhanced use of crash test dummies.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 1:30 p.m.

DOT Headquarters--Courtyard
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20590

Assignment Editors: A vehicle that has been tested under the proposed new procedure will be on display at the press conference. B-roll of side impact testing will also be available.


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