Note: The following appendix will not appear in the Code of Federal Regulations.
NHTSA has received a number of petitions and recommendations which address air bag performance requirements. These include petitions for rulemaking concerning the adverse effects of air bags, recommendations from NTSB, and petitions for reconsideration of several regulatory actions addressing this problem on an interim basis.
In this appendix, NHTSA discusses and responds to those outstanding petitions and recommendations which address air bag performance requirements. In some cases, the agency presents its initial response to a petition; in other cases, the agency discusses how today's proposal for advanced air bags provides a further response to petitions for rulemaking which have already been granted. NHTSA notes that it will respond in other notices to any outstanding petitions addressing other types of air bag-related issues, e.g., consumer information requirements and retrofit on-off switches.