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end of advanced airbag exemption

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by doug, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    writing is on the wall:
    Pagani Huayra Airbag Waiver Denied: No US Sales Until 2015? | The Truth About Cars

    Some history:
    Application for temporary airbag exemption
    The airbag saga
    Air Bag Waiver Granted
     
  2. strider

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    This does boggle the mind. These small automakers don't "make" airbags - they buy them. So how hard can it be to just buy the "advanced" one? Only difference to the car builder is the weight sensor in the seat. Yes, I can see why Tesla/Lotus wouldn't want to change mid-production and have to go back through all the crash testing costs but for a new model or manufacturer that has to go through the crash testing anyway, this simply cannot be difficult. €4,000,000? Whatever.
     
  3. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    ^^ Agree, though this supposedly is the reason Lotus is leaving the US market until the new Elise comes out in 2015.

    Lotus Elise, Exige Get Special Models to Celebrate Exit From U.S. Market - Rumor Central
    Federal Register | Lotus Cars Ltd. Receipt of Petition for Renewal of Temporary Exemption From the Advanced Air Bag Requirements of FMVSS No. 208
    2007: Federal Register | Tesla Motors, Inc.; Receipt of Application for a Temporary Exemption From the Advanced Air Bag Requirements of FMVSS No. 208

    2011: Federal Register | Tesla Motors, Inc.; Receipt of Petition for Renewal of Temporary Exemption from the Advanced Air Bag Requirements of FMVSS No. 208
     
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    smorgasbord Active Member

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    Interesting tidbits from that petition:

    Tesla sold or leased 276 Roadsters in the United States during 2010 and 62 Roadsters during the first quarter of 2011.

    Tesla believes that, while the Roadster is capable of handling slippery roads due to ice and snow, most owners either do not use their Roadsters during winter months or sharply limit their use.

    Tesla states that it has incurred cumulative net losses of $464 million since inception and nearly $50 million in the first three months of 2011.

    Tesla states that it spent between $2 million and $3 million developing an ESC system for the Model S.

    Tesla notes that it had intended on ending Roadster production prior to September 1, 2011 and, thus, would not have been required to equip its vehicles with ESC systems.

    Tesla... plans to conclude production for the United States market by December 31, 2011.
     
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    Although Tesla would have no reason to mention non-U.S. production plans, the above statement does leave room for production for the foreign market after 2011.
     
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    http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-19934_PI.pdf

     
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    Federal Register, Volume 76 Issue 188 (Wednesday, September 28, 2011)
     
  8. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    Yes, good news and ends same day as the ESC exemption. I suppose it would have seemed weird for the DOT to say nothing about the airbag exemption after so long, only to act quickly on the ESC issue. So a little more than a month to wrap up Roadster production (in the US at least).
     

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