The comedy of it all is claiming that the 25-year exemption for emissions and safety regulations is to keep unsafe, “dirty” cars out.

You can import a 50 year old Mini that burns leaded fuel and pumps exhaust to the world through a system with no emissions controls at all and will kill you in any sort of an accident. But you can’t import a 2000+ car with airbags, stability control, emissions controls, etc etc.

But sure, safety and emissions.