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From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Minivan Seats in Safety Probe: Possible rear-seat defects in some 1986-89 Chrysler minivans are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as the result of the death of a 2-year-old boy. Noah Z. George of Washington County, Pa., died Feb. 11 after the 1987 Voyager in which he was riding crashed. He was strapped in a booster seat secured to the rear seat by a seat belt. The back seat collapsed and the boy was thrown 35 feet. A coroner’s jury ruled that the seat was “flimsy and poorly constructed and is unsafe for public use.”


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