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Thread: Should the EU require all new cars to have Pedestrian Airbags to save lives?

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    Default Should the EU require all new cars to have Pedestrian Airbags to save lives?

    Since the widespread introduction of airbags for the occupants of cars, many lives have been saved. Generally the extra cost involved has benefited the car drivers and their passengers, and this obviously provides a benefit the market will reward.

    However the market has not seemed to have been as successful in driving the use of external airbags, which can save many lives.
    Making drivers feel safer may lead to them driving less carefully rather than more carefully which may be one of the disadvantages of airbags to protect car occupants.

    Volvo have developed and demonstrated how pedestrian airbags can save many lives. Cyclists would benefit greatly too from external airbags on cars!

    Should the EU require all new cars to have Pedestrian Airbags to save lives? Surely it is only proper that drivers should bear additional costs if it will lower the pedestrian death toll of motor vehicles?

    Would anyone argue that we cannot afford to put seat belts in care or even airbags? It would be just as foolish to argue that we cannot afford pedestrian airbags! Even if they cost a few grand per car extra it would be worthwhile. Governments should not apply VRT to the additional cost of pedestrian Aribags.

    Volvo Develops External Airbags to Protect Pedestrians - SPIEGEL ONLINE
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    Strange that no Govt is calling for seat belts and air bags on buses, trains and coaches.
    Oh. Because they'll have to pay for it.
    Thats why.

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    Ya, i'm going to pay loads extra to protect drunkards and the terminally stupid?
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    I think there is already a transmission mechanism. If the insurance companies run the numbers and figure out that they save a whole bunch of money if the cars have such air bags, then we will see them becoming standard whether there is regulation or not.
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    It's been tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stopdoingstuff View Post
    I think there is already a transmission mechanism. If the insurance companies run the numbers and figure out that they save a whole bunch of money if the cars have such air bags, then we will see them becoming standard whether there is regulation or not.
    The car insurance ads. are on to us already.

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    Pedestrians could make their own arrangements.

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