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Date Posted: 16:32:31 04/15/07 Sun
Author: Danielle
Author Host/IP: adsl-68-77-134-161.dsl.emhril.ameritech.net /
Subject: Re: SUV suck - but I have one!
In reply to: ben 's message, "Re: SUV suck - but I have one!" on 17:29:22 03/02/07 Fri

Not to mention people in this country are FAT.
Big seats for big asses!

>I can think of several reason why seats and cars in
>the USA are so big.
>Over in europe there is the social reasons why things
>are smaller, historically cars were invented after
>cities were formed, so roads over there are smaller,
>hence cars are smaller. In the states there is more of
>a car centric culture, cities were designed for cars,
>there isn't much mass transportation, and people seem
>to equate big cars with being powerful and successful.
>Then there is the financial reason car companies in
>the USA build big cars, as opposed to building high
>end well thought out cars. In the USA the big three
>look at their bottom line and think short term, most
>people in the USA are price sensitive and look mostly
>at the initial cost of a car, to design an SUV does
>not take that much, unibody box like structure that
>looks tough and big sells to the general public. Low
>price crap that appeals to the low cost wal mart
>mentality is what most of the American public wants,
>so that is what is produced by American car makers.
>Over in Europe where people pay big $$$ or euros to
>get a license, a big car does not make sense because
>roads are smaller, and mostly people who drive over in
>europe have money to spend (after all it's lots more
>expensive to drive over there than it is in the USA),
>so people over in europe who drive have on average
>more means that an american car owner so they buy cars
>that have more engineering in them and have more fuel
>effienct motors in them cause gas prices are higher.
>Now there is another reason baby seats are big, and
>this is because there are so many darn lawyers in the
>United States. For better or for worst, depending on
>your point of view the United States has a greater
>number of lawyers per capita with respect to europe.
>Now all they lawyers in the United States have big
>dreams of making big bucks, and on way they can do
>that is to sue the hell out of anyone they think can
>make some big bucks off of. So picture a car seat
>maker, not wanting their ass being sued, will make a
>big well padded car seat so in the off chance their
>seat is involved in an accident, some lawyer can't
>blame them for making an unsafe car seat. Also to
>cover their ass, car seat makers put all kind of
>warning labels on their products so that they
>hopefully won't be sued for not having proper
>instructions on how to use a product or potentally
>misuse a product... like for example ya might have
>heard about some idiot trying to hand hold a lawn
>mower to cut off the top of a hedge and gets hurt
>doing so, or the woman who spills hot coffee in her
>lap because the dumb shit put in between her legs
>while driving.... Think about over in germany when ya
>drive, people don't try and mult-task let along do
>dumb things.
>IMHO tort reform is one thing I like about the
>republic party platform, and wish democratics would
>follow, but I know this won't happen because many
>personal injury lawyers give lots of political
>contributions to congress in the hopes they won't pass
>limits on awards given to someone doing the suing
>cause lawyers earn more money when their clients win
>bigger lawsuits.
>There are some things I think are pretty dumb about
>live here in the united states, and the design of SUVs
>which for the most part have very little thought put
>into them from an efficent engineering design stand
>point and the the waste of resources of too many darn
>lawyers defending idiots who do dumb things, is one of
>the major downsides of life in the United States.
>>I have an SUV. Yes, the shame. However, nobody ever
>>seems to mention the fact about car seats in this
>>country. I never thought I would buy an SUV, I hated
>>them. I owned a Subaru Forester which I guess might
>>be considered an SUV but it was the length of my Honda
>>Civic and low to the ground. It was also manual
>>transmission, so the gas mileage was pretty good.
>>The problem came when we had our second child. The
>>car seats my children were in are so big that my
>>husband at 6'2" couldn't drive the car because the car
>>seats pushed up the driver's seat and I was so pushed
>>forward in the passenger seat that if we got in an
>>accident, the air bag would have killed me. So, we
>>searched for new cars and bought a Honda Pilot. We
>>bought the Honda because of its low emissions and gas
>>mileage but it is still an SUV. There is enough room
>>for our car seats and my husband to drive comfortably
>>but even though it is a great car, I hate how SUVs
>>handle. I know the Pilot isn't a true SUV (on a car
>>chasis) but it still feels high to me. Now that the
>>kids are getting older, I can't wait to get a station
>>wagon. In Norway we drove a Volvo which was small but
>>we all seemed to fit without a problem.
>>Why do car seats have to be so big in this country?
>>We go to England a lot and always rent a small car and
>>the car seats over there are much smaller. I don't
>>think they are less safe. I am in no way against car
>>seats or people wearing their seat belts (would never
>>drive any other way) but it is so regulated that to
>>comply you must have a big car.

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