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