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REDUNDANCY

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Revised 5 August 2002

INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMOTIVES

Would you be willing to spend perhaps 10% more on a new vehicle to achieve greatly enhanced roadworthiness in terms of the following?

  • Improved reliability

  • Improved drivability and safety

  • Better serviceability and cheaper maintenance

  • Higher performance with lower fuel consumption

  • Greater resale value

Doesn't it seem strange that expensive luxury marques are designed to the same basic standards as the least expensive cars except for cosmetics such as Corinthian leather, multi-way power seats, landau tops, tilting steering wheels, talking instrument panels, fancy stereo sound systems and satellite navigation?

As you read on, you will quickly realize that you are entitled to and should demand more for your money...a lot more. If you recognize that a vehicle deficiency described in this web has caused you or others personal injury, liability for property damage, or significant consequential loss, you might consider legal action based upon the theory of inherent vice, defective product or disregard of potential liability with prior knowledge; the motive for such legal action is not pecuniary gain, but a powerful incentive to get the various automotive manufacturers to seek a two-way dialogue with you, the user, and implement known or feasible engineering solutions to long-existent problems. In the spirit of libertarianism, it is hoped that private remedies for damages due to industry negligence will act as a powerful incentive on industry decision making, precluding the need for government intervention. 

Some of the solutions suggested add negligible manufacturing cost. Others will add to the retail price of new car purchase. I estimate redesign to state-of-the art standards will cost 10% of the current price of vehicles across the board, with full recovery to the purchaser at trade-in due to resultant higher desirability as a used car. There exists now, using today's technology, to engineer out perhaps nine out of ten sudden mechanical breakdowns which are at the least inconvenient and expensive and at worst, life-threatening. From a libertarian viewpoint, it is my hope that this web as well as efforts by others will prod the manufacturers into gradually incorporating the technology to be presented here into new models as they appear. Some suggested engineering solutions may at first appear daunting, but rest assure that most have been used for many years in the aircraft industry to achieve the ultra-high reliability and durability needed for airborne travel; nothing here is truly inventive, and everything in this web is public domain. The automotive industry should be aware of virtually all the issues to be discussed, but to avoid the plea of ignorance in private litigation matters, it is encouraged that legal professionals bookmark this page for reference and dissemination to the industry and government agencies. 

In the event of government intervention, as in the historical cases of requiring dual tail lamps and dual master brake cylinders, the added costs involved to incorporate mandated equipment were burdened by all manufacturers, thus causing no one company a competitive disadvantage. Such would be the case in the event that any of the suggestions in this web may be incorporated into public policy via regulation. Of course, it is always desirable for such government control to be a last resort, with voluntary and spirited competition in the private sector being driven by market forces...you the customer.

Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Lack of redundancy

  • Automatic transmission creep

  • Steering system trim

  • Weight problems

  • A laundry list of suggestions

  • SUV Stability and Safety

  • Dialogue failure

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