Imports of used cars into New Zealand increased 43 percent year on year to over 12,000 in January as dealers stocked up to beat a looming ban on pre-1994 models. New Zealand, which has traditionally had a relaxed and flexible approach to safety regulations, is finally to require an approved frontal impact protection system on all used cars imported from 1 April. Cars made in Japan before 1994 do not have the combination of safety features required.