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The Pagani Huayra was expected to launch in the U.S. later this year, but the NHTSA denied the automaker an airbag exemption.
If you were hoping to see one of these on your street any time soon, don't hold your breath.
Built from carbon-titanium, the Pagani Huayra weighs around 3,000 pounds and can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. Italian automaker Pagani planned to bring its 700 horsepower, $1 million supercar to the U.S. later this year. In fact, the company had even begun preparing unveiling ceremonies for its U.S. launch.
But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration denied its request for an exemption from safety laws that require "advanced" child-safe airbags -- ones that can sense when a child is in the car and alter the airbag deployment force accordingly, avoiding injury to small children.
Pagani requested the exemption on the grounds that complying with the regulation would have caused "substantial economic hardship." The NHTSA argued that the automaker failed to demonstrate why it would pose such a financial hardship, arguing also that the company had not demonstrated a serious effort to adhere to the regulation.
The automaker maintains that it has not abandoned plans to sell the Huayra in the U.S. The company expects it to enter the market by 2013, as engineers work to incorporate the advanced airbag system into the car.
via [CNN Money]
Aug 9, 2011
Yes, in the early 1970s early smog equipment destroyed mileage and power, but the government regulations forced the car companies to make cars that have essentially doulble the mileage of that generation's cars. Faster, better mileage, lots of safety equipment, better made. Lots of that would not have happened without the government's regulations forcing them to change.
With all the FORCED safety equipment on American sold cars, It's a wonder ANY super-car can make it to the States AND live up to its performance. I understand the reasons, but if the rest of the civilized world can live without all this extra weight-adding safety equipment AND LIVE, why do we have to? On another note, with all the FORCED safety equipment, our gas mileage also takes a hit for the worse.
"On another note, with all the FORCED safety equipment, our gas mileage also takes a hit for the worse." What a goofy statement! Talking about gas mileage on a supercar that needs a tanker truck running alongside to pump fuel into it. Also, outside a racetrack, these are not cars we need on our streets and highways with testosterone-charged men behind the wheel. (Yes, I'll be sexist...I doubt you'll see many women buying these things). As far as the safety equipment on everyday cars, I'd rather have that and lose a couple of miles per gallon than do without and sustain greater injuries in the event of an accident.
...and air quality for economy. Why? Because they pay 2 to 3 times as much for fuel (in taxes) as we do. If we were to tax fuel here the same way as the Progressives wish we would, the same would happen here, sooner or later.