How Automakers Conspired Against Vehicle Safety – Past Gas #117

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Driving is dangerous! You may think that safety measures would be a popular and easy win for the automobile industry, but it wasn’t always that way. Why would the auto industry collude to prevent important environmental pollution-control devices? Why were Americans so anti-seatbelt that, as one Michigan legislator called it, they fought for their right to fly through a windshield? Today, on Past Gas, the shockingly hard-won safety measures that the auto industry fought against.


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  1. I miss when there was video to watch I know it’s a pod cast but, I was more content to keep watching seeing the guys or even the occasional picture/ video of the subject they are talking about

  2. You guys deleted my comment but leave you the spam…. Point proven . Actions speak louder than words and I screenshot my comments just to exploit your censorship .. so weak

  3. My mom, who grew up in the 70s, used to tell me about a kid around her age who was killed in a car accident because she wasn't wearing her seatbelt when her family got in a car accident.
    The kids mom was in a hurry with her three kids, and naturally one of them threw a fit about wearing her seatbelt. They argued back and forth, at first her mother wouldn't move the car until she put her seatbelt on, but they were running late so she finally gave up and said "fine" and they left. I don't remember all the details, but they got into a car accident, and the child who wasn't wearing the seatbelt was ejected, her neck was broken when she hit the ground, and was killed instantly. No one else in the car was seriously injured or killed, everyone else in the car was wearing their seatbelt. That mother lived with the guilt for the rest of her life.
    I thought this was just a story that my mom told to scare me into always wearing my seatbelt, until we were going through some of her things from her childhood and showed me some old yellowed newspaper clippings about the kid who died in that accident. I never argued with my mom about wearing a seatbelt after that. I refuse to drive anyone in my car unless they wear their seatbelt.

  4. I have mixed feelings on the government getting involved mandating safety measures. On one hand, all new cars should come equipped with safety options but there’ should be no government or police enforcement of the use of safety equipment.

  5. I kind of miss the days of big engines having low horse power and getting impaled by your own steering wheel if someone hit you. Cadillac had cool rocket like tail light designs.

  6. My old man still complains about seatbelts and hangs onto the one time wearing a seatbelt "would've killed him" as the reason he hates seatbelts.

    Apparently being a dumb kid and hooning around in a VW Bus and almost being decapitated by a barbed wire fence is reason enough to complain about seatbelts. I still don't know how much of that story is really true.

  7. Pumped for this one. I'm a huge safety proponent- I race cars today but I readily admit that I wouldn't as recently as the '90s.. Hans device alone is something I would never race without, and the battle for safety is as bloody as any, and awareness is the key, so I appreciate your efforts boyos!

  8. In case Valvoline hasn't told you, the W in your viscosity doesn't stand for weight, it stands for winter. Love the show, can't get enough of it. listen to it while I work. Keep it up!

  9. I don't think people in general like being told what to do against their own will. Even if it is for their own safety and well being. If people want to fly through their windshield, why wouldn't you just let them do what they want? It makes people more skeptical when you force them to do things. Just present the evidence and statistics and let them do what they want, otherwise you will have the opposite effect when you force feed people safety….

  10. Wyoming has high speed limits and hospitals are far, so injuries usually are worse due to the speeds, and the time it takes to get to the hospitals

  11. As the owner of a couple EF civics i can confirm that when you only run headers you can be heard for roughly 2 miles, and being inside the car you can’t hear for 2 weeks after 😂😂😂

  12. James, I totally use your catch phrase "toot toot baby baby toot toot" when I am doing cocaine with my homies. It's pretty fun to tell our after doing a line.
    thanks for all the laughs boyz

  13. You guys are awesome. Keep it up.
    One thing. Nolan shouldn’t do t e fake experience reasigne on the thumbnails. Nolan’s natural response has more curb appeal. Leave the fake outrage to James.

  14. I miss those seat belts which were attached to the door which would then strap you in nicely when you closed the door. Its so convenient. You never have to put it on yourself. Comes in handy for those who have limited movement in their shoulder and arms.

  15. You guys are kidding right? You're gonna WASTE YOUR TIME making an ad sequence, but you won't add content into the episode so we can follow along with visuals? As a Donut underground member, I am disappointed. I will be canceling my membership for this lack of focus on content. This is not why I signed up. Do better

  16. These childish tangents ruin this podcast. Decided to check in to see if y’all grew as a podcast but no. I still can’t follow along with the story because it’s interrupted every two minutes with a silly little joke. Grow up. There’s a reason this channel gets 1/50th of the views your main channel averages. 😐 1 out of every 30 people subscribed.

  17. it's like people opposing motorcycle helmet laws because "freedom" like shit G you're the reason motorcycle death statistics are so high

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