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NHTSA finalizes rule for airbag switches

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Sept. 6, 2012—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has extended its rule for retrofitting on-off switches on vehicle airbags, according to an announcement from the Automotive Service Association (ASA).

NHTSA’s current regulation allows automobile dealers and repair businesses to install retrofit on-off switches for airbags in vehicles made prior to Sept. 1, 2012. The agency’s new rule extends the ability to retrofit vehicle airbag on-off switches for three more years through Sept. 1, 2015, according to the ASA.

The NHTSA’s new rule is effective immediately.

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