Monday, March 05, 2018

Car safety... I've mentioned it before... but were you aware of all the unsafe car stuff the factories have sold us?

Takata airbags,
GM ignition switches,
Pinto gas tanks,
Ford Explorer tires.

To name a few

If our safety was the experts' first principle, the billions invested in self-driving cars would have gone to subsidizing free professional driving school, raising licensing standards, and making critical safety technologies like seat belts, airbags, ABS and automatic emergency braking (AEB) standard as soon as they were invented.

And somehow the SAE  (Society of Automotive Engineers) either didn't check this stuff, or, isn't in a position of testing automotive things for safety.

So, is Underwriters Labs supposed to? Is DOT?  Other than crash tests, do vehicles and the parts on them get tested for safety? Those tires for example, if I remember right, were Firestones.

But then again, is anyone testing rims anymore? I recall that Mickey Thompson and George Hurst tested rims they made.... because so many rims of the late 50s and early 60s were junk that broke too easily and too often

But has anyone tested the many rims from Foose, or are they a known quantity already engineered to spec based on the amount of material in the narrowest section of the spokes accumulative?

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