This is late but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) granted Tesla's petition for an exemption on advanced airbags on January 28th. The roadsters will, however, be equipped with standard dual airbags (like the ones that were around before "smart" airbags). Read the full PDF here
.AutoBlogGreen quoted my comments
to NHTSA on the Tesla petition for a 3 year waiver on advanced airbags. Here's the letter I wrote
last year (PDF) in support of the exemption.
Labels: airbag, exemption, fmvss 208, nhtsa, tesla