Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 105 Part 3.djvu/201

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PUBLIC LAW 102-240—DEC. 18, 1991 105 STAT. 2085 with a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,500 pounds or less and an unloaded vehicle weight of 5,500 pounds or less, and (B) new passenger car, manufactured on or after the dates specified in the applicable schedule established by subsection Qa), shall be an inflatable restraint complying with the occupant protection requirements under section 4.1.2.1 of such Standard. This section supplements and revises, but does not replace. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208, including the amendment to such Standard 208 of March 26, 1991 (56 F.R. 12472), extending the requirements for automatic crash protection, together with incentives for more innovative automatic crash protection, to trucks, buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles. (2) REQUIREMENT.— The amendment to such Standard 208 shall also require, to be effective as soon as possible after the promulgation of such amendment, that the owner manuals for passenger cars and trucks, buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles equipped with an inflatable restraint include a statement in an easily understandable format— (A) that the vehicle is equipped with an inflatable restraint referred to as an "airbag" and a lap and shoulder belt in either or both the front outboard seating positions; (B) that the airbag is a supplemental restraint; (C) that it does not substitute for lap and shoulder belts which must also be correctly used by an occupant in such seating position to provide restraint or protection not only from frontal crashes but from other types of crashes or accidents; and (D) that all occupants, including the driver, should always wear their lap and shoulder belts, where available, or other safety belts, whether or not there is an inflatable restraint. (3) FINDING. —The Congress finds that it is in the public interest for all States to adopt and enforce mandatory seat belt use laws and for the Federal Government to adopt and enforce mandatory seat belt use rules. (b) SCHEDULE.—The amendment promulgated under subsection (a) Effective dates, shall establish the following schedule: (1) NEW PASSENGER CARS. — The amendment shall take effect for 95 percent of each manufacturer's annual production of passenger cars manufactured on and after September 1, 1996, and before September 1, 1997, and for 100 percent of each manufacturer's production of passenger cars manufactured on and after September 1, 1997. Subject to the provisions of subsection (c), the percentage prescribed for passenger cars manufactured on and after September 1, 1997, shall be met entirely by inflatable restraints (accompanied by lap and shoulder belts) for both front outboard seating positions. (2) NEW TRUCKS, BUSES, AND MULTIPURPOSE PASSENGER VE- HICLES. —The amendment shall take effect for 80 percent of each manufacturer's annual production of trucks, buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles described in subsection (a)(l)(A) and manufactured on and after September 1, 1997, and before September 1, 1998, and for 100 percent of each manufacturer's production of such trucks, buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles manufactured on and after September 1, 1998. Subject to the provisions of subsection (c), the percentage prescribed for such trucks, buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles manu-