Relief! Ferrari 430 gets airbag exemption

In January, we reported that the U.S. federal government was considering banning further sales of the Ferrari F430 in the U.S. after the 2006 model year because its frontal passenger airbag didn't provide sufficient protection for some women and children in abnormal seating positions. At the time, a company spokesperson said it would be impossible to fix the problem without a major interior redesign. Today, Automotive News is reporting that the U.S. government has given Ferrari a break on the airbag rules. The car will not have to comply with the regulations for the 2007 or 2008 model years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided.