Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: Sticky regulatory throttle
Posted on 04/16/2012 6:25:53 PM PDT by jazusamo
Hasty feds accelerate new rules to combat imaginary problem
The Obama administration is so committed to redesigning the automobile that its taking over the way the gas and brake pedals are made to protect Americans from a nonexistent threat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Monday formally proposed that all new cars have a brake-throttle override system installed to prevent unintended acceleration.
Few issues have attracted media hype like the mysterious reports that automobiles rocketed away of their own accord while drivers futilely held their feet firmly on the brake pedal. Given the sensational headlines, its no surprise that politicians and bureaucrats have turned up, offering a new government program to ensure something is done to keep the public safe.
The Department of Transportation began working on the issue in 2007 following a series of reports that various Toyota and Lexus sedans were involved in fender benders that apparently were caused by the simultaneous failure of braking and throttle systems - even though, in all cases, both worked just fine in the aftermath of the crash. NHTSA released a report last year that found overlapping automotive fail-safe systems made it impossible for a car to run away from an owner who had his foot on the brake. Instead, the most likely cause of the acceleration was actually pedal misapplication (i.e., the drivers unintended application of the accelerator rather than, or in addition to, the brake), the analysis concluded.
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seven more months of communist rule.
Hitler was big into designing cars. I can see the similarities.
Yep. Shift into neutral and turn the key off.
...add a couple more thousand to the average price of a car....
You must base that statement on the assumption that enough people will shoehorn their heads out of their asses in time to compensate for a increasingly bloated welfare state and hideously corrupt electoral system. I don't share the same rosy outlook. I'm increasingly convinced that unless Romney wins by at least ten percentage points, the election will be a fix. And even if he does win, we're saddled with...............*choke*............Romney.
--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
Wait a minute....
So should we report these regulation to the Federal Department of Redundant services or the Department of Redundancy in Service.
Echos of the Carter years in so many ways. In a similar case of liberalism run amok, Carter’s head of NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Joan Claybrook, wanted cars going over the 55 mph national speed limit would automatically start flashing their lights and honking their horns. That overreach died a quiet death, however she did manage to impose a seat belt interlock for a while that required the seat belt to be latched if there was weight in the seat. I think a few women paid for that overreach by being raped before they could drive away from their attacker.
Liberalism has such heart-wrenching concern for the little people, the ones who have to pay their taxes. Heart-wrenching indeed.