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 WARREN, Mich., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Vehicle safety features which address the occupant protection needs of children will be offered in several 1994 General Motors (NYSE: GM) products, Robert A. Sinke, executive director of GM's North American Operations Safety Center, announced today.
 In addition, Sinke said, GM will continue its leadership position in anti-lock brake systems (ABS) by offering the systems on all of its domestically produced cars and trucks. For the 1994 model year, GM expects to produce more ABS-equipped vehicles than all other domestic manufacturers combined.
 In the 1994 model year, including mid-year introductions, 30 of 33 GM car lines will be equipped with standard air bags. By the middle of calendar-year 1994, GM expects to produce its 7 millionth air bag- equipped vehicle -- more than any other automaker in the world.
 Specific child safety features in 1994 model GM vehicles include the Child Comfort Guide, which encourages use of rear-seat shoulder belts by children between the ages of 4 and 10, and an integral child safety seat. The Guide increases the safety belt comfort for small, rear-seat outboard occupants by rerouting the belt away from the face and neck. The Comfort Guide, first introduced on 1993 GM vehicles, is now standard on 10 car lines -- the Buick Skylark and Regal, Oldsmobile Achieva and Cutlass Supreme, Pontiac Grand Am, Grand Prix and Sunbird, and the Chevrolet Cavalier, Corsica and Beretta. GM is the only manufacturer to offer this safety feature.
 The integral child safety seat is available on the Chevrolet Lumina, Pontiac TransSport and Oldsmobile Silhouette minivans in 1994. The seat includes a five-point safety belt for use by children who weight between 20 and 40 pounds, whose height is 40 inches or less and who are capable of sitting upright alone, Sinke explained. For children who weigh over 40 pounds, the seat can be used with the standard outboard lap and shoulder belt system.
 Another feature designed to increase belt use -- adjustable upper anchorages for shoulder belts -- is standard equipment on 10 1994 car lines. This allows adjustment of the shoulder belts to more precisely adjust to the user, no matter what his or her size.
 GM strongly supports efforts to increase safety belt and child safety seat use, Sinke said, including enforcement of the state safety belt laws which are in place in most states, and the child safety seat use requirements in all states. "We hope that these new vehicle enhancements will help to assure greater use of the belts and child safety seats," he added.
 In addition, Sinke stated GM's strong support for U.S. Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena's goal of increasing safety belt use from around 62 percent currently to 75 percent by the end of 1997. "Experience in other countries, including Canada, has shown that it is possible to achieve and exceed this level of belt use," Sinke said. "The secretary's leadership on this issue is an important step."
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