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How good are airbags? kIn a serious crash, air bags automati cally inflate, save your life, and deflate -all in about half a second. "We could cut traffic deaths in half if all cars were equipped with airbags. Douglas Toms, Administrator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration There's no time to delay. There's only time to act. And save lives. If all cars were equipped with air bags, we could save 24,000 lives a year, and avoid hundreds of thousands of crippling injuries. We'll save at least 5,000 lives the first year they're in installed on new cars, we're told. Are air bags relia able? "They're more reliable than many auto safety systems," says Douglas Toms. "More reliable than brake systems, for ex- ample." For more informa tion-including infor mation on what you can do to help get air bags on new cars write the Safety Direc tor, Allstate Insurance Companies, North brook, Illinois 60062. Hurry. Allstate Let's make driving a good thing again.