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Old 03-02-2010, 02:20 PM   #1
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Tuesday his agency may recommend that every new vehicle sold in the U.S. be equipped with brakes that can override the gas pedal. The idea seemed to be gaining support among lawmakers as Toyota officials returned for a third congressional hearing on lethal safety defects.
"We will not rest until these cars are safe," LaHood told the Senate Commerce Committee"


The government not resting until something is safe scares the hell out of me!
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:12 PM   #2
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Maybe we could rig up little lanyards like on personal watercraft.

One good yank and the car shuts down.
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:51 PM   #3
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Tuesday his agency may recommend that every new vehicle sold in the U.S. be equipped with brakes that can override the gas pedal. The idea seemed to be gaining support among lawmakers as Toyota officials returned for a third congressional hearing on lethal safety defects.
"We will not rest until these cars are safe," LaHood told the Senate Commerce Committee"


The government not resting until something is safe scares the hell out of me!
What could possible be wrong with the idea of introducing another level of electronic complexity to every car in order to compensate for a rare problem that was probably caused by electronic complexity?

They're the government, and they're here to help. Now support for Obamacare already, you stupid lumpenproles.
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:44 PM   #4
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What about common sence, or heavy feet.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:08 AM   #5
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Stupid legislators/lawyers.

Every brake system on every car (don't know about bikes) on US roads can override the engine's thrust.

The occupant just has to push the right pedal.

Ask any automotive engineer.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:37 AM   #6
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Just mount a kill switch on the steering wheel.

Congress's approval rating is hovering around 15%. The worst in US history. They're just grandstanding to pretend they are doing something.

Eventually everything will be illegal. The cities are already using SWAT teams to do misdemeanor arrests. Thank you Republicrats. Fascists all.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:58 AM   #7
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Somewhat enlightening analysis of the problem here:

Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration - Pedal and Electronics - Popular Mechanics

Still makes legislators look like fools.
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:11 AM   #8
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I have throttle by wire on my Harley. I suppose it could be subject to unintended acceleration as well though with a Harley it would be hard to tell, any acceleration is unintended......
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:36 AM   #9
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All these Keyless cars make me nervous. While I have one, mine is still low tech as you can still use a key and turn off the ignition manually. Being in IT, I'm not a button fan...
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Stupid legislators/lawyers.

Every brake system on every car (don't know about bikes) on US roads can override the engine's thrust.

The occupant just has to push the right pedal.

Ask any automotive engineer.
No, they just have to push the LEFT Pedal........

The RIGHT pedal seems to be the majority of the Problem. And if you've got a big fat foot like myself (or a size 19 like 12er), sometimes pushin' on that left pedal still kicks in the right - if you're payin' attention though, it won't be more than a momentary surprise.
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