If you've already placed your order for one of the fifteen examples of the Pagani Huayra set to reach American shores, you might either be getting your check back in the mail or asked for a bigger one. As it turns out, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is giving Pagani a bit of a hard time.

Back in 2000, NHTSA established new guidelines for advanced air bags. All automakers had to comply with the regulations, but a few low-volume manufacturers like Tesla and Lamborghini were given exemptions. Pagani applied for a similar pass on the grounds that it didn't have the financial resources to develop such a system, but the administration has denied its request.

As a result, Pagani will either have to go back to the drawing board and develop – at a cost of around $5.7 million – the required advanced airbag system as required by the NHTSA to sell their car in the United States, or else skip out on this market as they did with the previous Zonda.

It certainly would be a shame if we had to admire the Italian supercar from afar like so many before it, but then again, given the immense velocity of which the Huayra is capable, maybe mandating the very best in safety technology isn't such a bad idea.


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      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why NHTSA is giving them hard time? We are talking about 15 cars here. It's not like mass production. I thought there were some exceptions for low volume production when is concerned safety and carbon emissions. We have them in Europe. That's why Ariel made only 20 V8 Atoms. I miss the old days when TVR was alive and made mad cars without any airbags or electronic helpers. Not even ABS. Sagaris will lie on my heart forever!
        ericburr4
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        The article says there are exemptions, and that both Tesla and Lamborghini were granted them. The real question is why was Pagani not granted this exemption.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ericburr4
          Tesla and Lambo got exemptions at the same time as Pagani. Tesla and Lambo took advantage of that extra time to make sure their next cars they designed met the standards. Pagani didn't. And this is why Tesla and Lambo will intro new models in the next year and Pagani might not.
          pinyatapbjtime
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ericburr4
          i believe lamborghini said they no longer need the exception as they have met the standards for a few years now.
          John Hughan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ericburr4
          Probably because Tesla and Lamborghini were granted the exemption several years ago (the Lambo exemption doesn't refer to the Aventador) so NHTSA probably said that it's been long enough since the spec was implemented that people shouldn't need exemptions anymore. It HAS been 12 years, after all.
        gefinley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        Agreed. If I could I'd buy a Sagaris largely for that reason.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Pagani needs to develop a system for 15 units that are to be brought to the US, however Lamborghini which imports hundreds, if not thousands of cars gets an exemption. Where is the logic there?
        IVIaster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        With the new Aventador, Lambo no longer gets an exemption, and anyway now they have the system in their cars
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @IVIaster
          I dont know who downvoted you, Im pretty sure Lamborghini said their airbags are up to par on their current range- especially the Aventador.
        ericburr4
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Since they were denied an exemption, yes, they will have to develop a system for 15 units IF they want to sell their cars here.
      ericburr4
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know the technicalities behind the advanced air bag system, but isn't this something they can just source from another manufacturer instead of developing it from scratch?
        mrpinto
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ericburr4
        Presumably they know what they're talking about when they quote the cost. I don't know the details myself, but I'd suspect that the Powers that Are will require a certain number of test vehicles to be submitted for crash testing. These are million dollar cars, so you can only crash so many of them before the bill starts to run up.
      dmtheteacher
      • 3 Years Ago
      For a "botique" manufacturer like Pagani, they should have been awarded the break that Tesla and Lamborghini were given. They are only sending 15 cars here. Those 15 cars will probably be in climate-controlled garages somewhere. Secondly, if someone's car does not have an airbag in it, how does that affect you?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeh, like they have airbags on F1 cars. Equal protection under the law doesn't seem to apply to these cars.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 3 Years Ago
      It seems ridiculous that an automaker selling cars at this price point wouldn't invest in the system required for the U.S.
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KaBoomBOX
        They can't afford it...simple as that. What, do you think just because the cars are expensive they must be rich? Think again.
      Kimithechamp
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is Pagani being singled out while it sounds like others have been allowed to receive this exemption? And why am I not surprised...
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Pagani applied for a similar pass on the grounds that it didn't have the financial resources" LOL Yeah, ok... your cars cost over a 1/4 of a million dollars and you guys don't have the financial resources. Good one Pagani. Good one.
        Smiley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        With all due respect you don't know what you are talking about. First off, the car is around $1mm USD. Second, the overall profit from these cars is not high at all. These are very low volume. $5.7MM is more than likely well over their annual profit. The profit is needed to fuel growth so they can expand into new markets. So for your information, that is a lot of money for them. Additionally, I don't know if you remember the Saleen S7. Saleen is a big company, a lot bigger than Pagani. The reason we did not see a successor to the S7 was because if new testing and regulation required for Saleen to continue producing it. The cost was too high so they stopped making it all together.
          junkyard9
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Smiley
          Hazdaz, they said they're sending 15 to the US. $5.7 million. 15 units. That's a cost of $380k per car sold in America. It's not "crying poverty," it's simply bad business.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Smiley
          You can go cry poverty somewhere else. In the automotive industry even developing some headlights can cost upward of a million bucks, so to think that a legitimate car company can't spend $5M for airbags is a joke. Many, many components in cars these days are from 3rd party parts suppliers that are near plug-and-play, so I don't believe for even a second that this is some kind of financial hardship for the company.
      Smiley
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is absurd. How in any way does this help the taxpaying American public. It doesn't. It's a waste of resources to keep beating this issue. Give them the exemption. It is not putting other drivers at risk, it is putting WILLING occupants at risk. Government needs to stop overreaching. We don't need big brother do hold our hands, at least I don't!
        baconpocket
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        Maybe Noah Joseph thinks it's a good idea to mandate airbags for skydivers too. probably need to put one on my sons tonka truck too. i wouldn't want to have to take personal responsibility for anything. that's crazy /end sarcasm
        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        Agreed. I don't know why government keeps trying to close the loopholes instead of fixing the root cause - just ban any cars that can go above 100 mph or require a speed limiter like they have in BMW.. Do we even have roads where you can go faster than that? That way, other drivers won't be at risk either.
          Narom
          • 3 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          The speed limiter isn't just in BMW's, all german cars follow that mandate.
      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      At first I was angry, but f rich people. They can buy a Mcclaren.
      n4v1n
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad this ugly car is not coming to the US. The zonda was much better looking.
        Kimithechamp
        • 3 Years Ago
        @n4v1n
        I agree the Zonda was much prettier, the Huayra is not ugly, I still gave you a thumbs down...
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