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The Next Safety Nanny: Ejection Mitigation

Posted January 21, 2011 9:00 AM by CarDomain

So much for being thrown clear of an accident. The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has mandated that all new vehicles be equipped with so-called "ejection mitigation" technology. Wait: isn't that what seatbelts are for? Apparently not.

For the benefit of the few dwindling throwbacks who still won't buckle up, new cars will now have to be stuffed with even more and/or bigger side airbags, effectively preventing evolution from doing its job while adding yet another layer of blimpiness to modern cars.

The new rule will go into effect near the end of 2013.

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01/21/2011 11:26 AM

Will there still be room for the driver? Beam me to the grocery store Scotty...meat department.

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01/21/2011 11:34 PM

Will there still be room for the driver?

Yes, but you will need a pull-behind trailer if you want to carry your groceries home.

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01/22/2011 1:42 AM

No driver.. problem solved! You are a genius.

Next all we have to worry about is from the car to the front door. So many hazards still to preclude.

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01/22/2011 12:31 AM

Bureaucratic doublespeak, if I ever heard one, or is it makebelieve specification. Actually I read a report from a nice old lady driving a french wheeled light tank (a puma?), road legal too. As the gun barrel was still in the turret, I think nobody cared to tangle with her. Plus, she had the mass advantage. The tank, not the lady!

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01/22/2011 7:36 AM

Why don't they just ban driving, then everyone is safe?

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01/22/2011 8:27 AM

I doubt if the present type of American car will be affordable for most people much longer.

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01/22/2011 10:12 AM

"Oh, oh. Dingo had an accident."

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01/24/2011 11:07 AM

I am a morbidly obese man (which, by itself, is life-threatening), and in many cars I am within 8" of the steering wheel airbag (sometimes only 2 or 3"), though the driver's seat is all the way back.

Airbag deployment itself would very likely kill me.

Rather than add more airbags, I would like to have the opportunity to turn it off (once the car is running). I'll take my chances with the hard steering wheel.

Similarly it would be convenient if a parent could turn off the airbag where a child sits or a car seat could be placed.

The system could re-enable itself every time the car is turned off and turned on again. I wouldn't forget to turn mine off, nor would the parent forget to turn off the one in front of his/her child, either.

But until I lose the weight, my life is at risk from that which is supposed to save my life.

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01/24/2011 1:47 PM

I think that the people in Congress or the agencies that make up these types of rules/requirements are just self serving. Without these fail-safe protection devices most of them and their ilk would probably not have evolved and "the world would have been a better place, a better place".

Viva Darwinism and natural selection. Clean up the gene pool and make personal responsibility the norm not the exception.

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