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Old 05-03-2014, 08:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Big time View Post
For the GM recall scandal 13 people were killed so far.
There is no data on people killed in other car makes or other non ignition switch related failures.
How many of the 13 people were 1) wearing a seatbelt and/or 2) not drunk or otherwise impaired?

I understand families wanting to blame someone for their loss. Could a working airbag have saved them? Maybe, maybe not. Would wearing a seatbelt have saved them? Probably, and yet those were intentionally not used. Would driving sober have saved them? More probably than not. But who would the family blame for those two contributors?

Back to the original point... the steering and brakes still work even if the engine is off... no need to add even more complexity to a system which already has a mechanical backup. IMHO, too much dang complexity on the new cars already, including a bunch of unnecessary idiot-proofing...
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