Thursday, October 11, 2007

Safety Features? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Safety Features

I just read an article in The Economist that mentioned Russia was going to ban the import of Chinese cars. The automaker wanted to build a factory in Russia, but after the results of a crash test revealed that the car, a Chery Amulet, crumpled in a 40mph collision as if it were made of cardboard, the Russians said nyet!

I found the footage on youtube which you can watch by clicking the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Swzbt76wBM

As I watched the impact, I kept waiting for the car to finally stop... but it doesn't! Not until it hits the crash test dummy, which I think is the only thing that finally does slow down the vehicle!

Just think, if it wasn't for Ralph Nader, American cars wouldn't be much different. Maybe they wouldn't crumple like this, but instead you'd be impaled by your steering column. What fun!

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