Not too long ago, Aston Martin’s continuation to sell their DB9 and Vantage in the United States were put into question after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed safety regulations for the near future. The Aston Martin DB9 and Vantage threatened a stop-sale because of changing side-impact crash regulations and neither the DB9 or the Vantage are capable of meeting them.
As a result, the DB9 and the Vantage were under the possibility to stop selling the US for this mishap, but for worse, such a stop in sales threatened Aston Martin’s near-future sustainability since they are on thin ice from being in dire need of a new generation of models, and a new corporate owner.
But now, Reuters thankfully reports Aston is in the clear, for now, as the NHTSA granted Aston Martin a safety exemption from these future crash regulations. This allows Aston to continue selling the DB9 and the Vantage, which also allows Aston to continue making money.
The NHTSA’s new policy implements by September 2015 but now, Aston has until August 2017 to make their changes.