The new airbag rules taht come starting next month might put Bugatti Veyron out of business, as the he French subsidiary of Volkswagen has told American safety regulators.

Bugatti has warned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it would face "substantial economic hardship" from the rules, which would require it to redesign its sole model. The cost would add 10 per cent to the car’s price ($1.2 million), with a "catastrophic" effect on sales, it said.

Bugatti expects to lose $3.9m over the next three years even if exempted from the rules. Should it have to introduce "smart" airbags, it could be forced to delay development of the next version of the Veyron, and the company’s French factory would stop production in 2008.

Source: FT

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  (6023) posted on 10.4.2006

Maybe there is an alternative safety feature that can be used instead of an air bag? I say that because if someone crashes one of these cars at the 200 + miles per hours, I don’t belive the air bag will have enough time to inflate.

  (6023) posted on 08.28.2006

IM GLAD THAT BUGGATI NEEDS 2 GET PUT DOWN HENNESSY 1000 COUPE AND ME 412 THA BEST

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