QUOTE(Kenji @ Feb 28 2007, 02:39 AM) [snapback]510485[/snapback]
But most consumers are willing to pay more for a safer car..
Thats my point, there is no reason for car companys to make Air bags standard when they can make more money by making it an extra.
You could try and pass a law saying they have to have these but it wouldn't be popular and would be impractical.
Why is it impractical when it is among the msot effective method to save someone's life during accidents.
Production costs would increase and not all cars have the space required to store them.
In countries that produce large amounts of cars, like America and Germany, such a law would be political suicide.
But at least all cars from Germany is fitted with airbags as standard equipments. But how come when the law is passed, it will be a political suicide? What is the relevant behind saving road accident victims with politic?
Didn't know Germans had them as standard...
In the US it would be very bad politically (suicide may have been a bit much.)
If such a law was passed then, as I said, production casts would increase and some models would have to be discontinued. Higher production cost means less money for wages so there will probably be lay-off's. This means unemployment goes up. Also, the cost of cars will go up as well, though not enough to save everyone's jobs. This means less cars will be sold. The economy has just taken to punches.
From what I have gathered Michigan makes a lot of these cars so this law is going to hurt them the most. They aren't going to be pleased with the party that did this and, if I'm not mistaken, Michigan holds a lot of electoral votes and now that they have been screwed by the Gov. they're going to take a lot of convincing before they vote for which ever party put forward the law. That'll make a general election a lot easier for the other party.
The Industry will come up with something on their own. Get some celebs talking about it and make car safety the big thing and the Car industry will cater to them.(Excuse any poor logic, mis-infomation and spelling errors, it's 3am.)