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Great Moments in Regulation – The 2011 Volkswagen Beetle

Autoblog reports on a bizarre recall carried out by our “friends” over at the National Highway  Traffic Safety Administration.

Apparently the 2011 Volkswagen Beetle, which is a carryover from 2010 and is not changed in any way, has failed to meet new NHTSA safety regulations.  How to address the issue I suppose depends on whether you are a regulator or have common sense. 

But remember, these regulations are here for our protection! 

The fix? To replace the non-compliant vehicles with ones manufactured before September 1, 2010. In other words, the replacement cars still won’t meet the new safety regulations, but didn’t have to at the time of their manufacture because the rules had yet to come into force. Seriously.

The end result may not make occupants of the 27 affected units any safer, but at least they’ll be on the right side of the red tape.

That’s some nice work there, Lou.

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  1. February 16, 2011 at 6:21 PM

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