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(Yahoo)   Family sues Ford for not saying adjustable foot pedals are safety feature   ( divider line
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6595 clicks; posted to Main » on 18 Feb 2002 at 1:52 PM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-02-18 01:54:16 PM  
Suing people and getting a lawyer must be the easiest things in the world to do, since the stupidest among us can do so with ease.
2002-02-18 01:54:52 PM  
What do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?

A good start.
2002-02-18 01:55:26 PM  
I am suing Ford for not teaching me how to avoid accidents by using the parking brake to powerslide.
2002-02-18 01:56:32 PM  
"The suit, which goes to trial Tuesday in Louisville, Ky., claims Ford was negligent because it knew about adjusters' safety potential long before it started offering the option."

This is almost a replay of Chrylser and the Airbag option. I have an Expedition and I keep the damn foot peddles extended so my optional foot pedal adjustment doesnt help!
2002-02-18 01:56:45 PM  
I knew this would start lawyer bashing. You people realize for all the lawyers that file these silly things, there are lawyers who oppose them?
2002-02-18 01:59:02 PM  
2002-02-18 01:59:08 PM  
Nabbl -- for all the thugs that will rob you, there are also thugs that you can pay for "protection".

I take it back. I am going to sue Ford for interfering with evolution by helping short people survive accidents. If you can't reach the pedals, buy a bike.
2002-02-18 01:59:54 PM  
My daddy left home when I was three
And he didn't leave much to ma and me
Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid
But the meanest thing that he ever did
Was before he left, he went and named me "Sue."
2002-02-18 02:00:40 PM  
Nabble: "for all the lawyers that file these silly things, there are lawyers who oppose them?"

Agreed. Lawyers have created a self-sustaining bullshiat industry. It's really quite remarkable.
2002-02-18 02:01:27 PM  
I'm suing Tampax for not telling me that their tampon wrappers can also be used as rolling papers in a pinch.
2002-02-18 02:07:53 PM  
Ah yes, another lawsuit intended to improve safety. I wish I was gullable enough to believe that. In reallity it's just a lawyer attempting to make a dash for the cash.
2002-02-18 02:11:42 PM  
An engineer dies, goes to heaven. Stays awhile, gets bored and asks Peter if he can go to h3ll. Peter sez OK, but only for awhile cuz if God finds out, Peter will get in big trouble. Weeks pass, finally God does find out. Calls Satan: "Hey Satan, God here....ya know that engineer we sent down there? Small error, he belongs up here". Satan:"yeah well, too bad, this guy is great! He's fixed everything down here! You can't have him back!"
God: "Oh yeah, you better send him back or we'll sue you!"
Satan:"Sue us! Hah! You can't sue us, we have all the lawyers!"
2002-02-18 02:12:40 PM  
Brakes? Are they also a safety option? Why wasn't I told of this!!???

Get me Johnny Cochrane, but only if he still has OJ's "Stocking" cap.
2002-02-18 02:13:58 PM  
Captain B- I thought I came up with that idea!!
2002-02-18 02:14:56 PM  
Ahhh a day off from work. And look at all these day-time commercials on TVs for lawyers saying "Did you get injured? CALL ME. I can settle your lawsuit WITHOUT EVER GOING TO COURT. I can't guaranteed you MILLIONS of DOLLARS. But I can GUARANTEE that I will take 90% of your Settlement"
2002-02-18 02:19:35 PM  
People are farkING STUPID.
2002-02-18 02:20:10 PM  
In a related story, British family sues Ford for stipulating that refilling gas tank allows car to be used for another week.
2002-02-18 02:21:01 PM  
D'oh...I meant "not stipulating".
2002-02-18 02:21:39 PM  
So let me get this straight:

They are suing Ford because they want it to market a feature differently, but could potentially open up Ford to additional lawsuits and controversy? Isn't that like saying: "I'm suing you now so I can sue you some more later"?

I wonder if I can sue McDonald's because they don't market the Big Mac as a health hazard (not that I eat there - but that's probably not even relevant in today's litigation).
2002-02-18 02:26:40 PM  
I'm going to sue somebody soon because they didn't tell me about something that might have helped me, one day.
2002-02-18 02:28:11 PM  

So, wait, you didn't know about that one? I coulda sworn someone actually did sue fast food restaurants for something similar. The case was thrown out like 2 years ago?
2002-02-18 02:29:23 PM  
This is almost as bad as the imposing monster of a lawsuit of
going after fast food chains because they distribute bad food and
contribute to the premature death of it's customers.
They are just waiting for enough people to join in the class action.

WarmBeer you hit the nail right on the head. What a farking racket.
2002-02-18 02:51:18 PM  
Wait...I dont get this. They're suing because Ford didnt say their pedal extenders make the car safer?

Can I sue the manufacturers of tasty pastry products if recent discoveries reveal that they prevent colon cancer?
2002-02-18 02:51:58 PM  
This is as bad as the lawsuit where the family had sued Ford for not providing airbags as standard equipment. The daughter bought a car but declined airbags as an option. She was killed several months later when she wrecked because of excessive speed so her family sued saying that since it was known airbags save lives then it should be standard (note that airbags are standard on just about every vehicle now) even though the wreck was entirely the driver's fault. Of course the families suing over airbags killing people are ignoring the fact that the driver would have probably (not necessarily but...) been killed in the wreck anyway.

And can anyone explain why "normal" sized people move the seat so far forward that they're only about 5" off the steering wheel with their arms sticking out like chicken wings? I don't see how they can control the vehicle sitting that close, much less be comfortable in that position.
2002-02-18 02:53:43 PM  
"We don't allow no short people around here"... as the song goes.

Pedal adjusters, kiddie seat and they still can't see over the dash board. Sitting at a red light 50 feet behind the car in front.

I'm not going for no damned P.C. "vertically challenged" bullshiat.

Flame on you littl'ns.
2002-02-18 02:59:24 PM  
There was a case several years ago in when a little girl was riding in a Ford Escort and killed in a wreck. This was right after Congress declared all new cars to have airbags. The parents decided to sue Ford because the car didn't have airbags because at the time the car was new airbags were just an option. They maintained that if Ford had required all their cars to have them, their daughter would be alive today.

*But* I'll bet that if the people had bought a better quality vehicle that contained an airbag, rather than a POS low end Ford, their daughter would still be alive.

People are such idiots.
2002-02-18 03:01:06 PM  
I'm not sure if mine and Walkman's case is the same...
2002-02-18 03:12:27 PM  
To quote the Eagles again: "Old Willie was right, let's kill all the lawyers, kill them tonight".
2002-02-18 03:34:20 PM  
Knock Knock: Why Do Americans keeping getting killed by airbags? Answer: They don't wear seatbelts, so bags have to be far larger than would otherwise be necesary.

Responsibility? Self? Neh? Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
2002-02-18 04:16:54 PM  
Badger, the one I'm thinking of was a female driver, not a little kid.

Speaking of short people... I was off on a road trip this past weekend and was sitting at a light when I saw a tractor trailer rig being driven by a guy who was looking between the steering wheel and dashboard. Looked kind of like the way guys sit in a low-rider. Very scary because there was no way he could see the road in front of the rig or off to the right side.
2002-02-18 04:32:12 PM  
I think it should be illegal for short females to drive in the first place!
2002-02-18 04:35:09 PM  
Did that truck driver look like this?
[image from too old to be available]
Was he driving a semi truck named "Big Renae."
2002-02-18 05:13:09 PM  
Great. So I get to pay $120,000 for a car because it has to be 100% compatible with every possible driver...including Braille on the shifting indicators?!?
As for the "lawyer flames", that's to be expected ANY time a lawsuit like this shows up. I don't much care for frivolous lawsuits, but they're a price of the ability of every citizen to pursue justice.
2002-02-18 05:27:51 PM  
I'm gonna sue the family that's suing Ford. Cause idiots like them irritate the shiat out of me and that is bound to be unhealthy, shorten my life span, cause cancer, or something bad like that. Who was that lawyer in here earlier? Wonder if he'll take my case.
2002-02-18 05:32:55 PM  
/head explodes
2002-02-18 05:46:55 PM  
"There was a major risk that was known in the automobile industry to short-statured female drivers from the deployment of air bags, and this particular invention eased that risk."

And so the problem is . . .?
2002-02-18 05:57:44 PM  
Shakespeare had it half-right when he said, "Kill all the lawyers." He should have said, "Kill all the members of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America."
2002-02-18 07:26:09 PM  
to all those who are lawyer-bashing, just remember: "99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name."
just think about that one for a sec.
2002-02-18 07:46:05 PM  
close the law schools for about 10 years and set aside a hunting season on the lawyers we have now.
2002-02-18 08:23:30 PM  
I can't even begin to fathom why there is need for a lawsuit here.

Ford puts something in their vehicles that is meant to be a convenience feature.
It turns out that, in addition to convenience, it also adds safety.
Wow, that's great. We should probably sue them for not telling us.

WTF!? I hate people.
2002-02-18 08:44:44 PM  
21 people wearing seatbelts died since 1990 because (supposedly) they were too close to steering wheel . . . Who gives a shiat? I mean 21 people in 12 years? More people die from shark attacks after they're hit by lightning while holding the jackpot lottery ticket in a land-locked state.
2002-02-18 10:04:57 PM  
Four foot nine? That chick probably couldn't see over the farking steering wheel--that airbag probably deployed right in her face!

I mean come on, it's pretty darned obvious that pedal extenders will get you further from the wheel. Why don't they just sue the whole friggin' world for not telling them how stupid they are?
2002-02-19 09:21:12 AM  
Keep this in mind: The Federal rules require any lawyer that files a complaint to have made a "reasonable inquiry" as to the facts. The States have rules that are the equivalent to this. Usually, the only thing a lawyer does is take his/her client's word for it. They never think of picking up the phone and making a couple of calls to find out what really happened.

The major problem: Judges won't impose sanctions on these people because judges are lawyers, too.
2002-02-19 01:28:49 PM  
Hey I'm thinking of filing a suit against the plaintiffs in this case for not informing the rest of us that they are GREEDY MORONS! Would you take my case on contingency basis, or better yet pro-bono?
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