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SERIOUSLY? They can't be sold in the US because the airbags aren't "sophisticated" enough? :blink:

People should be allowed to buy any car they want so long as it doesn't injure "other" drivers on the road. No airbags, airbags not designed for kids, whatever! Put a disclaimer on the dash and be done with it, let adults enjoy their million dollar tin cans! <_<

What is this world coming to?

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The US has some of the strictest safety standards there are, and its because of those standards that we have cars that are as safe as they are today. That safety has saved countless lives, and has saved US drivers a LOT of money in the form os insurance claims, etc. True, every once and a while it makes a funny headline like this when some boutique car doesn't conform, but we're far better off because of those regulations.

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Yes, US auto regs and safety equipment has contributed to huge reductions in highway deaths.

But in this case for one exotic, the government should allow exemption for a very large sum of money/fee. The broke government needs the revenue and the impact on public safety is not a concern.

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Can't do it, once you let one manufacturer buy their way around the law all of them will be doing it, going to court to force the government to allow them to do it, etc.

Unfortunately its not that simple. The law isn't for sale.

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Like anyone who actually bought one in this country is really going to drive that thing. Thing sits so low, you'd probably hit the airbag sensor in the front by just pulling out of the driveway!

i'll have to keep my on Top Gear for a test of this bad boy!

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Yes, US auto regs and safety equipment has contributed to huge reductions in highway deaths.

But in this case for one exotic, the government should allow exemption for a very large sum of money/fee. The broke government needs the revenue and the impact on public safety is not a concern.

IMO, it should be allowed for a fee (very high fee) and much more than the example of such a tax or fee already in place in the United States, the "gas guzzler" tax.

The price needs to be so high that no production car manufacturer would even consider paying and charge a tax of tens of thousands of dollar per unit.

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Agreed, I think exemptions (for a fee on oneoff exotics) are already being made for fuel economy, emissions and safety and should be. Because no significant impact on general US public in terms of fuel usage, safety, clean air results from selected exemption for extremely low volume situations.

But of course I too do not want to see manufacturers abuse or sidestep laws just by throwing money at the government.

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