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October 01, 2009

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Bruce, you just made the best argument for cash for clunkers that I've seen. Too bad the program ended.

I watched the video and although it is interesting, and I have no doubt that the '59 would fare worse, I think it is unfair to collide a 50-year-old car into a new car. No matter how well that '59 was restored, it is not in as-delivered condition. There seemed to be a lot of debris that looked suspiciously like rust flying through the air.

There are many factors that are pertinent and that really didn't need the collision to prove. The '59 did not have a collapsible steering column, so it would act like a spear to the chest. In 1959, seat belts were not yet required, so any occupants would have been tossed around like rag dolls. The dashboard of the '59 was unpadded and had many protrusions, leaving nothing but hard surfaces for anyone to strike.

Anyone who thinks that just because these old cars weighed far in excess of today's cars that they are therefore safer is an idiot. Mass does not equal safety.

But lest anyone forget, the most important safety feature of any vehicle is the nut behind the wheel.

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