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CHRYSLER CORPORATION CALLS FOR QUICK PASSAGE OF UPDATED NEW YORK STATE CHILD RESTRAINT LAW

 CHRYSLER CORPORATION CALLS FOR QUICK PASSAGE
 OF UPDATED NEW YORK STATE CHILD RESTRAINT LAW
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) today called for the New York state Legislature to quickly pass Assembly Bill 11482, which would update the law concerning child restraints to include language covering the latest technological advance in the field, the integrated child seats Chrysler introduced in its 1992 Dodge and Plymouth minivans.
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 The current New York law requires "detachable or removable" child seats for all children under four years old traveling in a motor vehicle. The Chrysler integrated child seats are built into the middle bench seat of the minivans.
 "Our leadership in bringing integrated child seats to the market made the New York statute obsolete," said Ronald S. Zarowitz, Chrysler's Car and Truck Safety manager and co-inventor of the child seats. "Obviously, the unique child restraint technology we introduced in the fall of 1991 was not anticipated by a New York law written in the early 1980s.
 "However, we are confident the matter will be resolved quickly and that the true intent of the New York law and Chrysler's integrated child seats -- protecting young lives in automobiles -- will be both consistent and clear."
 Chrysler officials are currently talking with the appropriate New York state officials in order to resolve any confusion over the intent of the New York statute. The company faced a similar situation with the Canadian federal government prior to the public introduction of the 1992 Dodge Caravans and the Plymouth Voyagers equipped with the new child seats. Canadian motor vehicle safety law had a requirement similar to that of New York that was made obsolete with Chrysler's innovation. The Canadian government acted quickly to modify the child restraint standard so that its citizens could take advantage of the integrated child seat features.
 Prior to the modification of the Canadian standard, the Chrysler integrated child seat had already met or exceeded all requirements of U.S. FMVSS213, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's standard covering child restraints. New York state law also requires that child seats meet all FMVSS213 requirements. In fact, barrier tests of the seat resulted in Head Injury Criterion (HIC) and chest acceleration (G's) dramatically below the allowable levels as follows:
 HIC G's
 FMVSS213 1000 60
 Left integrated child seat 202 30.7
 Right integrated child seat 134 31.6
 "The goals of our integrated child seats are to increase child seat usage, facilitate the proper restraint of the child passenger through greater convenience and simple design, and attain 100 percent correct seat installation through the built-in character of the seat," said Zarowitz. "We believe the current New York law in spirit is saying the same thing, but now just needs to evolve the same way child seat technology has evolved into a modern integrated design."
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 CONTACT: Jason H. Vines, 313-956-5346, or Thomas J. Kowaleski, 313-956-5342, both of Chrysler/
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