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Extra ceiling padding and overhead airbags designed to prevent head injuries will be required in all cars, vans and light trucks beginning in 1998, the government announced today. The National Highway Traffic Administration estimates the new regulations will save about 1,200 lives annually. Butcar manufacturershave some concerns about the new rules, which will be phased in over five years beginning in September 1998. "Automakers are concerned that the amount of padding being required might obscure the vision of the driver," says TIME's Joseph Szczesny.