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Truly safe?

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,692
    Jill Stein would be more toward the EPA job.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,042
    "Informal investigations — where weeks or months can go by before potential problems are brought to the public's attention — are becoming more common. And that has ramifications for car buyers, who may not learn the vehicles they own or are considering buying have quietly raised safety concerns at NHTSA and among automakers."

    'Secret' informal car defect probes more common (Detroit Free Press)
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,692
    I don't think you can pick any Federal agency that is doing their job protecting US. The FDA is inspecting less than 5% of the seafood coming into the US from sewers in China.

    My take is the Federal Government and its too many agencies are overpaid, bloated and lazy fiefdoms.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,942
    That's not just your take, that's truth for the most part. And connected supposed private industries too....ahem...insurance, etc.

    I trust the Euro nanny orgs more when it comes to safety.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,692
    Any industry that is protected by the Federal Government become bloated, insurance, banking and now the auto industry, GM, Fiskers,Tesla etc
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,942
    Also oil, defense contractors, the prison industry, et al.

    But on topic, I don't have a huge amount of faith in the gubbamint when it comes to automotive safety concerns. I guess I should be reassured that seatbelts are mandatory equipment.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,030
    But on topic, I don't have a huge amount of faith in the gubbamint when it comes to automotive safety concerns.

    The emphasis has shifted from "safety" to "protect the most inept and clueless brain-dead idiot from the consequences of his moronic actions- no matter what the cost"

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,042
    edited February 2013
    If you read my link, you may have noticed our old friend Sean Kane of SRS being quoted - the outfit that supports trial lawyers that got so much press over Toyota's SUA issues. Over the decades the suits and threats of suits have likely done more for implementing consumer protection stuff like seat belts and air bags than Consumers Union/Consumers Reports or the feds.

    SRS is back pushing for tire aging standards most recently (and giving Ray LaHood a "rousing" send-off).
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,692
    Lawsuits over bogus EPA mileage figures have done more than anything to keep the auto makers honest. Now how do we keep the EPA honest? Thankfully that worthless Steven Chu is gone. I think he was sniffing or drinking ethanol.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,942
    Exactly. Fail safe stuff for people with a Starbucks in one hand and an iphone in the other. I am surprised there haven't been movements to ban manuals and motorcycles.

    I guess it makes sense though, seeing what is able to pass a licensing exam these days.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,942
    That reminds me, tax refund is in the bank, the Clinton-era tires on the fintail get to be replaced.

    The lawyers have probably done a lot to make safety tech mandatory, but I think the automakers were working on it beforehand. Last thing we need to do is support ambulance chasers :shades:
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    all ya have ta do in New Mexico ta get your NM driver's license is plunk down yer $33 and smile. No tests, no muss, no fuss. You do have to pass a vision test, though, but as long as you wear your stylish eyeglasses you're fine. That New Mexico driver's license is good for 4 years, though, and I think that's pretty cool.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,042
    "Distracted driving is a big issue," Anwyl said, "but I'm not sure that banning technology is the solution."

    Anwyl said that consumers so love the feeling of being able to stay connected to their social circle that "it's almost an addiction." As a result, many consumers will end up bringing their devices into their cars — regardless of the rules.

    His proposed solution was driver education, not more laws. Anwyl cited a NHTSA statistic: 90 percent of accidents are caused by driver error. He stressed that drivers do not take that fact serious enough, preferring to think that car safety is all about the best technology, crash-test ratings and lots of airbags."

    A Shift in Safety Technology Is Coming
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,042
    "Safety advocates and two parents who unintentionally hit their children when backing up sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday, asking a court to order the agency to promptly issue a safety rule that was mandated by Congress in 2008 to set federal standards on vehicles' rear visibility.

    Such systems enable drivers to see whether people or objects are in the blind spot behind vehicles. Safety advocates say that each year more than 200 individuals are killed and 18,000 injured in so-called "backover" crashes." Children under the age of 5 account for 44 percent of the fatalities.

    The lawsuit asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to direct the DOT to issue a mandatory rule within 90 days."

    Feds, Safety Advocates Fight Over Rearview Camera Recommendation
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,030
    It's ALWAYS someone else's fault!

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,042
    Haven't heard my "there was a wasp in the car" excuse eh?
  • Only in America :(
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,692
    Dallas County sheriff's deputies traveled to Fort Hood earlier this month and picked up their very own International MaxxPro MRAP. This particular truck has never seen any actual combat, having only been deployed stateside for training exercises, so it doesn't have any cool battle scars, but with the dealer's $600,000 price tag knocked down to nothing, and with just 10,000 miles on it, the deal was too good to pass up.

    After making the 160-mile drive back to Dallas from Fort Hood, deputy James Blesoe declared that the vehicle "exceeded expectations,


    http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/09/dallas_county_now_has_its_ver- y.php
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,042
    Perfect for driving over bridges to nowhere.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,692
    They will be fine until they need it repaired. Seems like overkill to serve arrest warrants.
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