Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Safety Devices That Kill, Yep, They're In Our Cars

Auto companies, besides GM, cannot build cars that don't kill someone.  Now it's the airbags.  Not the bags themselves, but the explosive that inflates them.  When they blow, their container becomes shrapnel.  The airbags are from one company.  Hmm, why one company?

Across 50 states and over 30 million cars may be recalled.  However, the recall won't do much good if they aren't 30 million replacement parts.  Somebody made some piss poor decisions along the way.

I'm going to guess Takata got all that business by being the lowest priced supplier.  Why were the lowest price?  Does cutting corners come to mind?  After all, in a bad wreck who will notice injuries from airbag shrapnel?  Given the wrongful death cost estimate vs. fixing the problem when it was first discovered for both the Ford Pinto (aka Molotov on wheels) and GM's cars that turn off by themselves at any time, I bet Takata is running paper shredders overtime.

Then there are all the auto companies.  Who drives those decision makers to make such shitty choices?  Do they do it all by themselves because they're just sort of despicable people?  Or do they opt for the low road because of demands from someone else?

Yep, think about it.  Think about all those Wall Street analysts demanding maximum value for stockholders, today, not tomorrow.  If execs don't meet analysts estimates then their company suffers.  Of course the best ways to improve the stock value is to cut costs--labor and parts.  So, who gave us all the cars that kill?  I'll go with the Wall Street shareholder value crowd, may they have need of a safety device soon.  Shareholder value won't save anyone from a flak attack, but a decently build care will.

Regulators demand massive recall of potentially dangerous air bags

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