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Just saw this article, which in essence says any new cars sold in Oz from 2012 will require side "curtain" airbags... :scratchchin:


Car design rules changes likely: Brumby

February 29, 2008 - 2:23PM

Victorian Premier John Brumby says he is confident the federal government will change Australian Design Rules (ADR) for cars to adopt his push for new mandatory safety features.

Earlier this month, Mr Brumby announced that cars built from 2011 would require electronic stability control (ESC) and from 2012 they would need side-curtain air bags, to be registered in Victoria.

Mr Brumby said all other states voted last week to embrace the move, and expected the federal government to follow suit.

"I would think now that the case is compelling," Mr Brumby told reporters on Friday.

"The reality is from that time (2011 and 2012) you won't be able to register a car, a new car, in Australia unless it's got those things fitted," he said.

"The states are now aligned, the federal government will look at this and I would be very surprised if there aren't the changes which are required to ADR," he said.

Mr Brumby said it had been unusual for the states to "go it alone" on the issue.

"But we only did that after a great deal of thought and consideration about really where the industry is going and where we need to go to ensure the highest levels of passenger safety," he said.

Speaking after touring the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show, Mr Brumby said the cost to the industry of the new safety measures was minor.

"The real cost of side airbags, some people tell me the real cost of actually fitting that in the manufacturing process - if everybody's fitting that and it's part of a long production run - it's $80 to $100," he said.

Mr Brumby said 52 per cent of new cars sold in Victoria now already had ESC, showing motorists were "voting with their feet" for safety features.

Meanwhile, Mr Brumby said on a recent trip to Japan he had urged Toyota to manufacture hybrid cars in Victoria.

"This is something we're keen to do but at the end of the day, the numbers have got to add up for Toyota," he said.

"One day, you're going to have to be able to plug the car into a renewable power source ... and only a hybrid will do that so I'd be pretty keen to see this take place in Victoria," he said.

Mr Brumby said he was determined to keep the annual motor show in Melbourne and to see it grow, against a push for the event to be rotated with Sydney.

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Mr Brumby said he was determined to keep the annual motor show in Melbourne and to see it grow, against a push for the event to be rotated with Sydney.

Having been to both Sydney and Melbum Motor Shows, Sydney is the clear winner.

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I think they come up with some way to get converts in. If there is one place designed for converts it's australia.

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