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Old 04-05-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default NHTSA considering senior citizen crash test ratings for cars

So are car companies going to offer senior safety packages??

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As part of its ongoing effort to make vehicles as safe as possible, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reportedly looking into creating a new crash-test rating system for cars which includes introducing a "Silver" rating to indicate added safety for senior drivers. Automotive News reports that NHTSA Administrator David Strickland says the agency is trying to find a way to make cars safer for senior citizens and it's also seeking a way to incorporate crash-prevention technology into its coveted five-star safety rating.

To protect senior drivers, NHTSA's Silver rating may focus on cars that offer inflatable seat belts or even introduce new technologies that help prevent unintended acceleration as a result of the driver accidently hitting the wrong pedal. Strickland also says existing crash-prevention technologies (such as forward collision warning and lane departure prevention) could work their way into the rating system for new vehicles. This all comes just days after another NHTSA-related report where the agency is apparently trying to come up with ways to fast-track "noncontroversial" rules and regulations.

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Old 04-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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screw protecting seniors, protect us from the seniors!

Also, do they really think that the people who drive for miles on end with their turn signal on will notice a lane departure warning light on the dash?
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:21 PM   #3
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I think the feature they should include is:
"Vision and reaction test"

Fail to pass, car wont start.
Kinda like when you get DUI and have now to blow your car to get it started.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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I would just be happy if they gave all seniors cushions to sit on so they can see out of the windscreen
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:18 PM   #5
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I would be happy with stricter standards (even past my normal myriad of stricter standards people should have to have to get a license) for old people. That would mean less old people driving, which means less of a need to test for something.

What's next? Testing for women with big boobs?

When can the NHTSA die because it's no longer needed and safety is "good enough"? When can every organization with the string "TSA" die for that matter...
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:31 PM   #6
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Old people don't need to drive. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use.

I really wish they would offer an old folks package on a car. Stereo with built in Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme music, a button to push to talk to someone and another button to find the nearest Denny's.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:34 PM   #7
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What's next? Testing for women with big boobs?
Yes, please.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:47 PM   #8
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I don't get the point of this. I don't see how these safety standards only benefit seniors. I'm more concerned with the oblivious middle aged moron who is on the phone looking back at the kids in the back seat, driving 5 under the speed limit, in the left lane, with a blinker on, and floating into the other lane, while people are trying to pass on the right.

Sorry...A little venting...Can't believe how some people don't take driving seriously.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:38 AM   #9
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how are they going to implement these safety features on 1994 Lumina's?
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