Built associations don't know their parent. Why not?

Simple example.

class Car < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_one :engine

  validates_presence_of :engine
  validates_associated :engine

class Engine < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :car

  validates_presence_of :car

@car = Car.new
@car.valid? # => false
@car.errors # => no engine obviously

@car.valid? # => false

How come??

@car.errors # => engine has no car!
@car.engine.car # => nil

Since we validate_associated :engine, engine runs its own validations
and finds that validates_presence_of car is false, since car is nil.
Shouldn't engine know the car that built it?

Just for fun I do this:

@car.engine.car = @car
@car.valid? # => true

Shouldn't this work by default?

If you have suggestions, I moved this to Core: