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Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 13:27:46 GMT
From: 'nuther Bob  <>
Subject: Re: Saab UK disabled unfriendly!!!

On Tue, 10 Jun 2003 23:52:45 +0100, "MJW" <> wrote: >I have a medical condition which means that the activation of drivers air >bag would break my neck. Pull the fuse. You'll be as safe as you were "pre-airbag". THis will also affect the passenger, so you now have a potential liability in the event of an accident with a passenger who sues you. >Therefore, I asked Lime Garage Leamington to disable the drivers air bag. >They said they couldn't unless I obtained a Drs note stating that my medical >condition necesitated it. >Then to contact Saab UK for their consent which they denied. I understand the issue but I think that it might be a government regulation issue. In the USA, newer cars include switches for the passenger but AFAIK, there is no provision for disconnecting the driver's bag. Dealers won't do it since it's "illegal". That still doesn't mean that there aren't circumstances where it may need to be done, but the dealer/manufacturer will not do it. >I explained that my neck would be broken and they cited liability excuses. >I said I would sign a disclaimer and add a warning sticker in the car but >they did not want to know. The 6 year old car which I have just bought is a >lethal weapon to myself if the airbag explodes. Unfortunately under the laws in most places, even having you sign a disclaimer and displaying the certificate would not relieve them of liability for their actions. It might help, but when you all get to court, they will go after the "deep pockets" and claim that the manufacturer cannot sign away liability in that manner. The jury will agree since the company has $billions. >This is BIG BROTHER gone mad!!! Peugeot, I understand have switches to >disable passenger air bags for the benefit of people whom want to carry >children in the front passenger compartment. Passenger seat, I imagine, same in the USA. ALTHOUGH, it's not for carrying kids, it's for small adults. Kids should be in the rear seat. >What right do Saab have when they do not own my car, I own it. Is this a >plain case of DISCRIMINATION? Discrimination would be if they were acting against you because of your "disability". In this case, they are refusing to take action (maintaining the standard) and not discriminating. Bob

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