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PHOTO CAPTION: Wheego Life electric car gets safety exemption until end of 2012.

DOT Gives Wheego LiFe Electric Car Temporary Safety Rule Exemption

The tiny $32,995 Chinese-built car does not have an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system fitted, although it does have an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) fitted.

Published: 15-Aug-2012

In order to be sold in the U.S., all passenger cars must pass a long list of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Regulations, including advanced airbags and electric stability control.

Sometimes, usually in the case of low-volume, low-emission cars, the FMVSSR may grant a temporary exemption to the rules to allow a new car to be sold without complete compliance with the rules.

Earlier today, we learned that Wheego Electric Cars, maker of the Wheego Whip LiFe two-seat city car, has been awarded a second temporary exemption to FMVSSR rules after the first ran out on August 1, allowing it to remain on the market until December 31, 2012.

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