“Safety” can get you killed – again.
Word is out that the same government-mandated airbags that had to be recalled in the tens of millions on account of their propensity to shred people’s faces – killing dozens of them, injuring hundreds – are “under investigation” – again – for the same defect.
Apparently, another 30 million cars made between 2001 and 2019 had their defective inflators replaced with new defective inflators made by the same supplier -Takata. Some never had their originally defective parts replaced. The problem this time is with the dessicant – or drying agent – used as part of the inflator, the incendiary device within the air bag assembly that uses a chemical burn to create the gas that inflates the bag in fractions of a second after an impact is detected.
The federal safety apparat that mandated all cars be fitted with dashboard (and steering wheel) Claybrook Claymores* – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – says that “While no present safety risk has been identified further work is needed to evaluate the future risk of non-recalled dessicated inflators.”
No “present safety risk”?
Is this like “safe and effective” vaccines?
What NHTSA is saying – without saying it – is that the “safety risk” hasn’t materialized, yet. Or rather, been officially acknowledged, yet.
NHTSA goes on to say that “Further study is needed to assess the long-term safety”of the “dessicated inflators,” as they are styled.
Anyone up for a ride on a 737 MAX? How about a third booster shot?
The disingenuousness is striking. Clearly, there is a “safety” issue; we’re just not informed of its degree – by the federal “safety” apparat – that “studies” the problem while millions of people drive around with defective incendiary devices placed less than a foot away from their faces.
Because Honda – one of the affected brands – has confirmed “multiple deaths” caused by the defective airbags and has taken the initiative to warn owners of vehicles equipped with them and encourage them to come in for the Fix – even before the federal “safety” apparat has done anything more than “study” the problem.
Practically every brand of car is affected, including Ford and GM, Subaru, BMW, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, Mazda, Porsche, Tesla and Ferrari.
When the official recall comes, it will take years to complete. As in the case of the first recall, there aren’t enough dealerships to deal with a recall of 30 million vehicles in other than a first-come, first-served basis. Meanwhile, as last time, owners of the “affected” cars will probably be expected to drive around – at their risk – in cars equipped with dangerously defective incendiary devices embedded in the dashboard and steering wheel, since it is likely the federal “safety” apparat will not allow dealers to even temporarily disable the known-to-be-defective devices until they can be replaced.
Nor is it likely it will issue a temporary waiver to owners of such cars that enables them to pass “safety” state inspection with the “SRS” (air bag) warning indicator on, which would come on if the air bag circuit’s fuse were pulled, an easy and cost-free way to eliminate the risk of an adverse event until the defective components can be replaced.
Hopefully this time with non-defective replacement parts.
The fact that federal “safety” apparat will not allow even that – a temporary turning off of defective air bags that have already killed at least a few people and thus are certain to kill more people – is of a piece with the federal “health” apparat’s insistence that everyone be Jabbed, despite it being well-known that the Jabs have killed – and so will kill, again.
But the most fundamental parallel is that in both cases, this rhetorical construct called “government” – which is nothing more than a relative handful of just-people, nothing special about them – claims the right to make literal life and death choices for the rest of the people.
As the owners of livestock do.
The issue is not whether air bags – or Jabs – are “safe and effective.” Even if they were, absolutely – it would not morally justify one person forcing another person to accept them, for in that case, the person forced is the person owned because he is controlled by the other. Slavery is not less degrading because the slave is treated benevolently by his owner.
And in this case – as is always the case, since nothing is perfect in this world – we know that air bags, like Jabs, are not “safe and effective.” We know, further, that they never can be – absolutely.
Even air bags without defects can harm and kill. It is an indisputable. Because they have. Just as all vaccines have side effects, sometimes severe and even lethal. The retort that such adverse events are “rare” is stupendous in its effrontery.
Ask the person killed by an air bag he didn’t want in his car – or crippled by a vaccination he didn’t choose to take – how he feels about “rare.”
And then consider the type of person who would presume to take away each person’s rightful agency to weigh risks and benefits and make such choices and bear the consequences for themselves.
*After Joan Claybrook, the protege of Ralph Nader who headed the federal safety apparat in the ’70s and was a key pusher of government-mandated Claymore in the dashboards and steering wheels of all new cars.
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