In the UK we were told that airbags became necessary because some US
citizens refuse to wear a seatbelt. Some macho thing, I suppose. If it was
disabled when not wearing a seatbelt or whatever there'd be no point in
*It doesn't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep *
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
I suspect they are larger because the weight of the average USA citizen
is higher than that of the average UK citizen.
Some people irrationally believe they are safer without seat belts here
in the USA. I have never understood how they think...their thought
processes are obviously confused.
...and some people believe they are "safer" riding their motorcycle sans
helmet so they can hear and see better. If it weren't for the cost of
patching these stupid people up being foisted upon the remainder of
society after they prove their own theories wrong, I'd say let Darwin rule.
With things like this, I say, "Let Darwin rule." Full stop.
I draw the line at things where (a) children have to be protected from
idiot parents (so I support car seat laws but not seat belt laws) and
(b) where there is a significant public risk to the behavior (such as
using a cell phone while driving). Other than that, one should be free
to be as stupid as one wishes after reaching the age of majority.
Law or no law, you'd never get me to ride a bike (motorized or not)
without a helmet or drive or ride in a car without a seat belt.
Ditto. And I live this. My home state has no helmet law except for
riders younger than 18. My wife, my son and I are all over 18 and do not
roll down the driveway without a helmet and other protective gear on.
Same with the belts. There is a difference between freedom and
stupidity. But I fully support the rights of other people to be stupid.
There's way too many people on this planet already to be worried about
losing a few of the stupid ones...
They like to blame everything on the US over there. You don't suppose
they might have added airbags as a safety measure do you? (since a
collision is far more survivable with both airbags and seatbelts than
either one alone)
Why do you suppose they came out with those foolish side curtain
airbags? Is it because we silly Americans like to hang out our side
Hey, we had a revolution. We won, you lost. Get over it...
If it wasn't for your SMOG in L.A. we wouldn't have unleaded gas and bloody
catalytic converters. I have read in the past and I more certain of it now that
nearly all modern high efficiency petrol engines would be OK without the dammed
US insisted CATS
Looking at the US Police videos we see here on TV nothing would surprise be what
some of you folks do across the pond there.
Doubt it - apparently the last war you fought on home terrotry you lost and you
were fighting yourselves - Vietnam -------- Carter ran away and Iraq - well
you're still getting blown up.
Can't build cars can't win the war.
Didn't make any difference in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
85% of the kids are home grown idiots. this is mainly because it being a Navy
base and after the war (WW2) many of the men folk never returned and they
shifted many of the single mums out to a "new town" not far away.
The sailors came into port and went to find the girls and then the single mums
had 2 or 3 kids - no dad. The guy met another girl around the corner on the
next visit and she ended up with another kid - same dad.
Eventually over the past 60 years we have brothers marrying sisters and not
knowing............. They call it in-breeding and like racehorses they either
excel (not often) or fall at the first fence (most often).
Nothing at all to do with lead in petrol - in fact light aircraft still use
leaded fuel and so do all those still using petrol piston engines like the
racers and antiques........
Hey, and then you had a civil war which made Iraq, Vietnam, Stalin,
Mao, Pol Pot and Rwanda look like amatuers. Well done, you obviously
know how to kill people efficiently. (Even if it is yourselves)
That's the biggest load of shit you've ever spit out Dave. If the seatbelts
are not used, the airbag is all but worthless, and may actually cause injury
of death. That is why the bags are disabled if the belts are not being used.
The trouble is, if the occupants are not strapped in, it is difficult to
predict exactly where they will be when the airbag deploys. In such a case,
the airbag could actually make matters worse for any one, or all, of the
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