Zorba the Hutt (zorbathut) wrote,
Zorba the Hutt

Parents leave children inside car with the window open and the keys in the ignition. Child proceeds to attempt to climb out of window, hits power window switch on accident, kills self. 23 recorded cases in the last ten years. Parents proceed to blame auto maker and campaign for added safety features.

This is the kind of thing that bugs me, and I just know I'm going to get lots of "but they're children! They need our protection!" replies. No, I don't think all children should die (I reserve that belief for humanity in general :P) but I *do* think that this "safety feature" should be optional. I, for one, am not interested in paying extra money for a car because some parents are morons.

Another interesting thing to think about - consider where the baby would have to be in order to get killed by the window. The only thing that makes sense to me is if they were actually climbing out of the window. So, if the power window hadn't been there, would they have crawled out and hit their head on the ground and died anyway? All it does is shift the mortality statistic to a different spot, and that's considered "progress".

I'm told WW1 started with most soldiers being issued cloth helmets. Eventually they switched over to tin helmets. Confusingly enough, the head-wound count skyrocketed . . . confusingly, at least, until they realized the head *fatality* count had plummeted.

Congratulations, children no longer get killed by power windows! Of course, now they get killed from head wounds, and everyone's paying $100 extra on an unnecessary safety feature.
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