Date registered: Jun 2010
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95red - appreciate your questions. My opinion about the driver usually not wearing a seatbelt is not fact, and I'm human which means my opinion could be wrong. He was a new father and I spent over a decade telling him a seatbelt is key in any vehicle. Based on the knee and head impacts of the unbelted driver dummy in my test, the driver didn't sustain either so he was either belted or strong enough to hold himself straight into the steering wheel. I highly doubt anybody is that strong and 2-depositions also prove me wrong. I can admit when my opinion is wrong when overwhelming facts show it.
I don't wish for anybody to ever experience the terror of failed occupant restraint systems during the condition they are most depended on. Being blown backwards after a head-on collision is just unacceptable. As far as I know there are no formal records existing of Chevy claiming acceleration does not result in a force that affects a head-on collision. But there are such records of Mercedes-Benz claiming that. We both don't know what Corvette engineers base their occupant restraint systems' design parameters on. I cannot opine on the Brabus Merc either (never saw one nor know if Mercedes adopts their base-model sedans' occupant restraint systems into it).
Exotic vehicle manufacturers have an obligation to acknowledge the affects acceleration has on their occupant restraint systems, not deny it altogether. The NHRA acknowledges this for over 1/2-century. I'm confident that Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Ford GT, GM Corvette, and other real exotic powered car producers do not deny the acceleration-force. Cheap cars are not equipped with 738ftlbs of torque. Their power is not capable of substantially affecting the dissipation of the velocity-force during a head-on collision.
I'm not asking for the chassis to be redesigned to better-dissipate the velocity-force under acceleration as that's just not feasible, and may adversely affect the performance of a crumple zone when acceleration is not applied. However, if the occupant restraint systems are designed to accommodate the affect of acceleration-force then a safer restraint system will be realized under any other circumstance. Step 1 of any design project is identifying the parameters that most affect the products' performance. Here we have Mercedes-Benz outright denying a parameter even exists.
All my claims made are based on formal records, formal crash test results, and physics. What's outrageous is experiencing Mercedes-Benz deny physics. When I experienced the outcome of that position first-hand, I unfortunately adopted the responsibility to push its resolution. That's what I'm looking to ultimately gain here, either a solution or publicized awareness so consumers can make informed choices. Myself and another have paid a dear price for this. I doubt Mercedes-Benz will ever acknowledge my existence, make right, and resolve their design issue unless forced to by the IIHS, NHTSA or public-market pressures. And that's most unfortunate and will leave me to publish my entire-survival experience as a book (there's so much more to it than this).
I do not understand what random-philanthropy such as solving world starvation, wars, terrorism or anything else has to do with this burden I carry. I did not randomly choose this David v. Goliath battle. It landed on my back and I just do not have the conscience to ignore it. Believe me, I wish I did. I even wish I didn't have the technical background to readily foresee it as I lived an amazing life before this. But somebody had to survive it, and do something about it. What would you do if I produced a vehicle that was capable of slamming your body into its dashboard before slamming the top/back of your head into its moonroof, and you were one of the first to survive it? Would you accept me calling you a 'liar', 'incompetent' and denying basic centuries-old physics? It's really that simple. I'm alive because I chose to put up the fight of my life, even thru failing on June 11, 2006 after my head hit that CL55amg dashboard. I perfectly positioned my limbs, checkmarked every single horrific bone break fully aware at the energies absorbed and energies yet to be absorbed w/o protection. I even committed to returning feeling that undeniable 'rubber-band' snap back into my body that any near-death-experiencer can verify. Still with enough time to be fully aware I have yet to face the airbag deployment when I watched it deploy against my face with my stomach muscles flexed in an effort to pull myself off of the dashboard. Mercedes-Benz doesn't get to tell someone who experience that in their vehicle what they did and just think I'm going away. That's abnormal. What would you do if me? Be thankful, accept the fraudulent nonsense Mercedes-Benz shoveled down your throat, and live on with a clear conscience? I wish I was wired that way, but I'm not.