Safety mania

Troubled car maker Toyota has suspended sales of its Lexus GX 460 worldwide after the US consumer magazine Consumer Reports claimed that the vehicle could roll over.

“When pushed to its limits on our track’s handling course, the rear of the GX we bought slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability control system was able to regain control,” the magazine claims. “We believe that in real-world driving, that situation could lead to a roll-over accident, which could cause serious injury or death.”

Let me get this straight. If you drive like an idiot, the vehicle is supposed to prevent you from suffering the consequences of your stupidity?

I think the nanny state safety obsession in the western world has got totally out of hand. I don’t know how we put the genie back in the bottle (or even whether the population as a whole feels the same way and would want to) but any political party that would repeal the health and safety legislation, outlaw the compensation culture and put the emphasis back on common sense, personal responsibility and the need to prove criminal negligence in order to win a claim in the event of an accident would get my vote.

Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].

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