WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators promise prompt action on requests from a group of automakers that say they cannot meet advanced airbag rules scheduled to take effect Sept. 1.
Requests for temporary exemptions came from companies that make these cars: Lamborghini, Bugatti, Lotus, Morgan, Maserati and Saleen. In a notice, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration signaled it is likely to agree.
The agency said that airbag suppliers have concentrated on satisfying the needs of large-volume automakers and that "off the shelf" solutions don't work. The rules, adopted in 2000, require that airbag deployments vary according to crash severity and to the size and location of vehicle occupants.
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