In its infinite wisdom, the U.S. government has determined that people are too stupid to look at their tires and think, “Huh! I need to put some air in that.”
To remedy this, automakers will have to add yet another idiot light to the dashboard that irratatingly flashes when tire pressure lower than 75% of the recommended inflation level (or when the bloody thing malfunctions).
For this protection, the cost of each new vehicle will go up between $48.44 and $69.89. It is hoped that this will save 120 lives per year.
Not that the value of a human life can be reduced to dollars and cents, but there is such a thing as ROI — and this just doesn’t add up.
Low-balling the cost of the device at 50 bucks each, and assuming a mere 15 million new cars sold in the U.S. per year (again, a low figure given the strengthened economy), this works out to saving lives at the cost of $6,250,000 each.
Now, given that 42,815 people died in auto accidents in 2002, and that 41% were related to alchohol and 59% weren’t wearing seat belts, wouldn’t it be safe to assume that we could get far greater bang for our buck if we made people strap in and — if they were drunk — kept the car from starting in the first place?
Ah, but then our politicians would never be able to get back to the office after lunch.
Hey look at it this way. As all the dashboard lights commence flashing that dusty CD by Meatloaf, (You know the one, it’s been bouncing around the glovebox for at least a decade.) “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, may come in handy.