I’ve ranted before about government bailouts. A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money. Yet, somehow, not a dime seems to appear to help prevent the #1 killer of kids. Recently, we’re pumping billions into helping people trade in their clunkers in order to take on even more debt so that they can buy a new car. I’m glad it’s at least giving lip service to promoting better fuel economy. I’d like to see some attention to better safety, too.
For example, I’d like to see new model year vehicles crash tested quicker. Sometimes, it seems like it’s half way through the model year before results are available. By then, half the sales are completed. There are certainly very legitimate reasons why the NHTSA and IIHS ratings can’t be ready the moment a popular new model hits the market. I’m also sure it’s nothing a billion or two dollars and some love from congress couldn’t fix!
Yeah, I’m a bit of a safety nut. In our discussions about having a third child, I put in my request for a new minivan. The old one had good crash test ratings, but the new one had side curtain airbags and stability control, plus top ratings all around. My wife’s Subaru also lacked the latest features, much to my chagrin. I’ve been hinting that she needed something safer and more fuel efficient for a year or two.