Re: Another safety scam on the way
Those old hood ornaments in the rectum really wrecked 'em....
On Thu, 15 Sep 2005 19:55:44 GMT, Backyard Mechanic
>Come on, Jim
>What's the chance of having that need? Far less than 5% of the actual
>need for airbag deployment, would be my guess.
(The follow sarcasm about safety is intended......and Jim, this is not
knocking your view on safety.... it's my view on the whole quagmire
that safety has become. )
It's sorta like.....
10 zillion kids have grown up riding bikes, wagons, skateboards,
scooters, roller skates and blades, and
half a mamaillion have been injured in all of modern history.
Of those injured; from road burn to broken heads, 237 have been
so let's pass a law that mandates that every kid wear a helmet... and
if your family can't afford a helmet... then you aren't allowed to
ride, etc... leave that for the affluent families....
What about the kids who slide down hills on cardboard sheets? Ride
sleds and toboggans? Play on the school yard equipment? Use a
trampoline at home?
There is safety, and then there is idiocy. Let's make sure nobody is
responsible for themselves and there own safety. Let's give people a
false sense of security and fool them into thinking it's Ok if their
kid rides a bike into the street without looking because he's got a
helmet, and cars have this fancy safety hood.... except not all cars
I recall the good ol' safety bumper. Know how many cops were injured
when those things let go. A warning was sent out nation wide to warn
cops not to stand between vehicles while copying a license plate
OSHA regulations are OK to a point, but even those go way over the
top. (Then states and businesses add their own restrictions on top of
that... like AFOSH, Cal OSHA, etc) Back in the day, you could bring
your kid to the job site to learn the family business first hand.
Locally, a contractor had his kid on the site operating a Bobcat to
clean up debris. He got fined royally and the kid was prohibited from
being on any site.
Next we'll have cars with capsules like hydroplanes. Each person
wrapped in a cocoon. And why not an ejection system like an F-111...
where the entire cockpit is an escape capsule. At the first point of
impact, explosive bolts let go, and rocket motors propel the passenger
compartment high into the air, where 'chuts deploy to gently lower it
back to earth.
Just how far are we going to have the government regulate our daily
>That guy ought'a just be happy he's hitting a windshield rather than
>being impaled on a 55 or 56 chebby hood orno.
>"Jim Warman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in
>> What price is safety??? Crumple zones, Nader pins, SRS systems and God
>> knows how many other improvements/changes have been made over the life
>> of the automobile. The weak zones in a hood combined with the design
>> of the hinges that keep you from being decapitated, redundancy in
>> braking systems, seats designed to reduce the possibility of whiplash.
>> Which of these safety improvement would you like to see deleted in
>> order to save money that you might not get a chance to spend?
>> Each and every day, people abdicate their responsibility in their own
>> actions, they defy common sense and we, as a society, need to be
>> protected from them and from ourselves if we turn into them (some of
>> us will).
>> Look at it this way... if you get jostled off a busy street corner.
>> wouldn't you be happy to find out that the car that hit you was
>> equipped with a "cash cow"?
>> FWIW, life safety has become de riguer in our daily lives.... I live
>> and work in industries that are quite a bit more dangerous than you
>> will find in Toronto. WCB, OSHA and NIOSH have each developed
>> requirements to reduce the incidence of lost time injuries and
>> fatalities. These added steps, checks and certifications have each
>> added to the cost of consumer goods across the board.... We can't put
>> a price on human life or suffering and it is shortsighted to complain
>> about safety features when it may be that, someday, it may be us as
>> individuals that benefit from them...
>> "Rich" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>>> Did you see it on the news? The car companies have been
>>> working on it for 10 years. A hood that bucks upward at the back
>>> when a pedestrian is struck by the front of the car. The hood
>>> jumps upward on springs (or something) loaded at the rear.
>>> The idea being that the person being throw onto the hood won't
>>> impact with the hood and then the engine and instead will hit
>>> a kind of compressible surface.
>>> So, how much will these pistons cost to replace when they
>>> (inevitably) fail or are used? $600 ea? $1000? Looks like accident
>>> preventatives (like air bags) have become the cash cows of the auto
>>> industry. And to think they used to turn up their noses at the idea
>>> of safety! Who KNEW it could be so lucrative??
1965 Ford Mustang fastback 2+2 A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok
Vintage Burgundy w/Black Standard Interior; Vintage 40
16" rims w/BF Goodrich Comp T/A gForce Radial
225/50ZR16 KDWS skins; surround sound audio-video.
Gad what fools these morons be....
Children are obscene but should not be heard
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