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Sep 27, 2016

VOLVO news * USA - Pushing for mandatory AIR BAGS FOR TRUCKS

* North Carolina - Truck driver’s widow pushes to make truck air bags mandatory

--- Although air bags are credited with saving the lives of thousands of passenger-vehicle occupants annually, traffic safety regulators don’t require the basic safety equipment in medium- and heavy-duty trucks... There’s no clear answer as to why relatively inexpensive air bags are not required on big trucks. But at least one manufacturer, Volvo Trucks North America, is moving forward with making them standard equipment in the US ... “Volvo Trucks has long been an industry leader when it comes to safety, which has been one of our core values since 1927, so it was natural for us to offer air bags as another way to help increase the safety of our drivers,” John Mies, spokesman for Volvo Trucks, told Trucks.com... According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, approximately 340,000 medium- and heavy-duty trucks are involved in traffic crashes annually in the U.S., resulting in 600 fatalities and 20,000 injured truck drivers... 
(Photo: Volvo - Volvo Trucks worker installing an airbag)  --  NC, USA - Trucks.com, by CLARISSA HAWES - SEPT 26, 2016

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