WASHINGTON - Automakers have won more leeway on installation of advanced airbags.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said each automaker must have advanced airbags in 20 percent of the light vehicles it sells in the 2004 model year. Federal rules originally required 35 percent. Full implementation still is scheduled for 2006.
The devices automatically turn off or deploy with reduced power when sensors determine that full force would harm children or small adults.