Feds check Hyundai bags
WASHINGTON - Federal safety officials have opened an investigation of airbags in 1995-97 Hyundai Accents after determining five children who were front passengers have been killed by deployments in minor or moderate crashes. About 136,000 of the cars are in service. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it found the relatively high death rate while trying to answer questions about some DaimlerChrysler minivan airbags. After analyzing data, the agency chose not to investigate the minivans. Some safety organizations claim the minivan airbags are unsafe, and agency officials said they became concerned when a small-female crash dummy was severely 'injured' during an unrelated test of a van last year.
ISUZU JOINS LOBBY TEAM
WASHINGTON - Isuzu Motors America Inc. has joined the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, bring-ing membership to 11. The alliance lobbies federal regulators on issues important to the automotive industry, such as emissions controls and safety standards.
Other members of the alliance are BMW of North America Inc., DaimlerChrysler, Fiat Auto S.p.A., Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Mazda North American Op-erations, Nissan North America Inc., Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., Volkswagen of America Inc. and Volvo Cars of North America Inc.
MONTE CARLO PRICES RISE
DETROIT - Chevrolet's 2000 Monte Carlo coupes go on sale next month at prices $780 and $1,200 higher than the 1999 models. The base 2000 LS is $19,850, up $780 over the 1999 LS. The 2000 SS is $22,295, which is $1,200 more than the Z34, which was the upscale 1999 model. The prices include the destination charge.