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Re: 3 Spoke Steering Wheels.... (archive)

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Posted by Fred Meloan on September 25, 1998 at 09:15:35:

In Reply to: 3 Spoke Steering Wheels.... posted by Greg Hudson (Melbourne Australia) on September 24, 1998 at 23:06:56:

: G'Day Fred.
: There is actually a very good reason for NOT supplying the 3 spoke wheels in the USA... The 3 spoke steering wheel has a much smaller airbag specifically designed for use in countries where wearing seatbelts is compulsory (like Australia for example).

: Greg.

Hi Greg,

This used to be true but no longer since the US changed the airbag requirements. For example, the 1999 E46 with the sport package has the same basic 3 spoke steering wheel that is standard on almost all non-US Z3's.

Thus, it can only be a "marketing" decision that sticks us with the "non-sport" 4 spoke steering wheel.

Take Care.

Fred Meloan

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