Government Regulations Automobile Safety Security

Are You Driving a Death Trap?

Is safety profitable for car companies?

Tom Egelhoff
3 min readSep 7


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Automobiles are always in the news. Gas mileage, safety issues, recalls, and pollution never end. So, what is the automobile manufacturer’s responsibility to the general public?

In most of the nation, the automobile is a top-tier necessity for a quality lifestyle.

Whether it’s taking kids to soccer practice or moving goods across the country, the invention of the automobile has changed society from the horse and buggy days.

Safety First?

Seat belts, airbags, automatic braking, lane change and backup warnings, and other innovations have made automobile travel safer. But have additional regulations and restrictions made us less safe?

All those things have been forced on us, like parents who block electric outlets so their kids won’t stick their fingers in them.

Airbags and seat belts should be an option for some drivers. I’ve been driving for 64 years. I haven’t gotten a violation in the past 40 years.

I’ve never used an airbag or seatbelt to save me or anyone else. The less you drive and drive at high speeds, the less you need all the safety stuff.

I can remember being able to walk on car fenders when I was a kid and never making a dent. I doubt that’s possible with today’s vehicles.

In a quest for higher gas mileage to meet government standards, today’s vehicles are lighter in weight and almost identical in aerodynamic design.

Plastics and aluminum have replaced the steel cages we used to sit inside many years ago.

Even the most minor fender bender results in a massive payday for the auto body shop. It’s the unintended consequences of regulation.

Are seatbelts and airbags going to save me when my eighty percent aluminum and plastic toy car disintegrates around me?



Tom Egelhoff

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