WASHINGTON -- Ferrari North America Inc. is getting a break on government airbag rules.
The Ferrari F430, priced from about $168,000 to $227,000, will not have to comply with all provisions of advanced airbag regulations in the 2007-08 model years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided.
The exemption applies only to provisions requiring frontal-impact airbags to be engineered so that deployments do not inadvertently injure children or small adults who are not in normal seating positions.
Ferrari told NHTSA it could not find an airbag system that would fully comply without a premature redesign of the vehicle. Ferrari said it has taken other steps to upgrade the F430's safety. The model represents about 85 percent of Ferrari's U.S. sales, which in 2005 were 1,420.
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