DETROIT - General Motors Co. said Sept. 4 it will not allow fleet purchasers to skip buying side air bags on 2010 models, a GM spokesperson confirmed.

The automaker previously allowed fleet buyers to save $145 per vehicle by opting out of buying side air bags on tens of thousands of 2006-09 models that were typically billed as having "standard side air bags," according to Detroit News.

Brian Latouf, director of GM's Global Structure & Safety Integration Center, said the company wouldn't allow the air bags to be deleted from the list of features available when they are bought by fleet buyers, Detroit News reported.

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