<VV> Seats (now safety)

RoboMan91324@aol.com RoboMan91324@aol.com
Tue, 24 Aug 2004 13:17:56 EDT


With some modifications, I agree with you.  The seats with the integral 
shoulder straps are a good example.  The tested method of securing the seat belts 
is with the lap belts anchored in the floor and the shoulder belts anchored in 
the top for those cars equipped that way.  The seats with the shoulder straps 
in them transfer the forces created during a crash through the seat to the 
seat's bolts in the floor.  It is a large lever arm.  Is it safer?  Who knows?  
However, certain modifications do not need to be tested to be fairly certain 
that they are safety improvements.  Replacing a single master cylinder with a 
dual cylinder is a good example.  JMHO

In a message dated 8/24/2004 5:22:32 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
virtualvairs-request@corvair.org writes:

> Message: 2
> Reply-To: "Bill Hubbell" <whubbell@umich.edu>
> From: "Bill Hubbell" <whubbell@cox.net>
> To: "Stephen Upham" <contactsmu@sbcglobal.net>, <VirtualVairs@corvair.org>
> Subject: Re: <VV> Seats
> Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 07:42:59 -0400
> Oh, I am not offended by people making changes to their Corvairs, but I do 
> get bothered when people try to claim modern day safety standards and 
> practices to the changes.  Today's cars go through rigorous design and testing phases 
> to arrive at their ability to offer protection.  Adding components of modern 
> safety equipment to old cars does not have the same methodology, and the 
> results cannot be assumed to be the same. Remember, once you start modifying a 
> car you are moving away from the researched and tested design, and the end 
> product may or may not be safer than the original.  Unless you are able to put 
> your car through the same testing procedures (doubtful), at best you can only 
> guess as to the safety "benefit" of the changes.
> That is all I was trying to say.
> Bill Hubbell