Bringing Small European Cars to US Hampered by Lack of International Safety Standards

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Automak­ers plan to bring small, fuel-effi­cient cars from Europe to US mar­kets to meet con­sumer demand but must first redesign to address sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences in safe­ty reg­u­la­tions.

Background
Insur­ance Insti­tute for High­way Safe­ty fund­ed by insur­ance indus­try runs own crash tests
Require­ment to pro­tect pas­sen­gers not wear­ing seat belts exists in US but not Europe
Side light require­ment exists in US but not Europe
Daim­ler Smart car had to be made longer to meet US safe­ty stan­dards