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The Times December 29, 2005

Spare tyre and the rear end a growth area for carmakers
From James Bone in New York

AMERICANS who gorged themselves at Christmas parties can take solace from the thought that the journey home will soon be more comfortable. Foreign carmakers are widening the seats to accommodate the spreading American bottom.
The front seats of Honda’s 2006 Civic are ¾in wider than the previous year’s model. Subaru’s new B9 Tribeca, designed for the American market, offers front-seat passengers an extra ½in over other models in the line. Mercedes Benz’s R-Class Grand Sports Tourer gives front-seat riders an inch of extra girth over its M-Class.

American producers say that they have already accounted for the ample American derrière. But Ford, in what it says is an industry first, recently began using virtual mannequins in nine different body types — including extra large — in its computer-aided design. The company is studying the possibility of using inflatable seats to fit passengers of every shape.

The changes are being forced on the car makers by the much-heralded “obesity epidemic� in America, where almost one in four adults is clinically obese and almost two thirds are overweight. One study found that the average large man got 27lbs heavier and almost 1½in wider between 1962 and 2000.

But activists for fat people’s rights are still not satisfied. “They make bigger cars as a selling point. I would love to see bigger seats and smaller cars so people have better choices,� said Sandy Schaffer, an aerobics instructor who is head of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. “Bigger cars use more fuel, but bigger seats don’t.� Fat activists are also angry that some carmakers refuse to make seatbelt extensions for extra-large passengers.

The battle over seat size is also being fought in public transport. The Chicago transit authority and the Pace bus line recently ordered wider seats for hundreds of buses operating in and around the city.

The new seats, developed after 1,000 hours of research, will be among the biggest in America, measuring 18in across; ½in larger than the seats that have been in use since 2003. Before that, the seats on Chicago buses had been 17in wide since 1975, when they were upgraded from 16¾in.

The real sore point for fat activists is the airline industry, where struggling carriers try to make money by cramming as many passengers as possible into their aircraft. Airline seats have shrunk to just 16in from arm-rest to arm-rest, narrower than the average computer keyboard.

Several major airlines, including Southwest, force “customers of size� to pay for two seats if they cannot fit in a single seat without crushing their neighbour. The policy was judged “reasonable and not discriminatory� by a California judge.

Plus-size Americans can rely on one custom-designed product to support their weight. The Big John toilet seat — available from , a website for “larger� people — can support up to 1,200lbs.


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Guilty lard-ass, here.

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RE: Another piece of pie anyone???

ok, so let me get this straight.

they want larger seats in the small cars? do they not want a mid-size? is this going to be akin to free upselling at sears?

"i am sorry madame, your lard ass wont fit in a focus-- let we here at ford motor company offer you a free upgrade to a taurus... no no-- the government is paying for it... we know it isnt your fault."

i want to see the japanese do it first. theyd throw a bench seat in every fucking model if they thought for a second it would make sales stronger.

p.s.- why do the fattest people drive ford festivas and aspires?

they looka likea diiiiissss /

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