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Scudetto - Mercedes-Benz said the same exact point you raise back in a court filing (so you're definitely right on this 'flaccid' feature). I believe my crash test post-collision photos/video verify this feature you raised too. I'm 110% sure about my being belted, there are depositions by 2 covering both our belts, an ICU nurse witnessed me poking hard at my right shoulder fishing for a faint bruise sensation, and my crash test shows it would be a feat not to touch the windshield with airbags, even more so without them (if unbelted as driver test-dummy). So now you have me wondering if it's possible the dashboard stopped us before the seatbelts did (if this permanent locking feature is triggered by pull-force v. say an integrated crash sensor in the front of vehicle). But even if so, wouldn't my real faint bruise and the force it took for me to continue bending my seatback (after the rear seat passenger put pressure on it first) be enough to permanently lock it? This seatbelt aspect of this entire experience has been the toughest thing to understand and my last understanding gained from the crash test experience is that it does uncoil under acceleration during impact. But that much? My seatback was bent and the steering wheel is closer to the driver so we had about the same travel to reach a solid impact. That's a real disturbing scenario but ties a lot of facts together.
95red - I just asked a simple question. It as it has nothing to do with 'why you'd want to' do anything. Just physics. Same Bugatti, same 40mph, two vehicles, one at constant velocity, one at max acceleration w/impact at same 40mph. Which Bugatti would you choose to sit inside (driver, passenger, rear seat, trunk, on top, doesn't matter where you sit)? Would it not matter which one? That's all. BTW - we're not speaking German are we?!! I once had the honor of a WWII Vet I met in an airport thank me for closing the last chapter of former war/space manufacturing sites (remediating impacted groundwater aquifers before/during redevelopment for other uses). He said w/o men like you on industrial sites he wouldn't have received the supplies that kept him alive/going and I could see that fear of not receiving supplies in time still in his eyes. In utter disbelief looking at a man I would have cleaned his shoes for free with my shirt if he asked I replied, 'without you, I'd be speaking German right now'. I'll never forget that moment with that Vet, a hero.
On a side note - I am looking into perjury standards to address Mercedes-Benz' affidavit regarding the airbag deployment sequence 'few milliseconds' and denial of acceleration-force's affect upon a frontal collisions' pulse. Making fraudulent statement in a federal court is not something that is taken lightly.
Last edited by virage105; 11-16-2013 at 06:26 PM.