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Safety [final word from here]
Thanks for *all* the e-mail guys.
Lee observes you must also take into account how the cars are
driven. I agree, to a point. In a not too distant day, I was working on
a rollover of a [won't name the name] vehicle that took its name from a
far east warrior [little tiny 4wd vehicle, got it?]. Numbers were
trotted out on rollovers that, in the abstract, were interesting--in
support of the propensity [or non-] of this little thing to roll under
*normal* driving conditions. As I recall, a certain high-end
[highest-end?] GM sports car was way up on the list. This, was due, in
large part to driver tendencies [read here, drive it fast and hard]. My
point? Numbers don't always tell the truth.
From what I have seen, the Audi 200 series that I drive, my wife
drives, and the 5 series that my parents both drive, are "safe". If they
were not, I wouldn't be in one--well, my wife wouldn't be:). Driver
tendencies are important, but just cause granny drives a Yugo *doesn't*
mean it is safe--at all.