So we all know that money is the root of all evil right ? For me that always led me to question what someone would do to another human or humans for a dollar. We've all heard are share of conspiracies and and stories of corruption and deciet, but nobody really pays too much attention. In fact one could drive themselves to lunacy thinking about the scams being put on our lives.
I recently read something that struck me a little odd. What it led me to was motive. Motive to profit from death. What im about to tell you, i can garauntee directly affects you and a dominant majority of people you know and people alike, the entire globe over. I call this ... The Black Conspiracy.
One day last week, I was doing the usual late night cigarette and coffee romance with google and wikipedia. When i came across information about the largest seat belt manufactering plant in the world. Out of sheer insomniatic boredom I Decided i could no longer live my life to the fullest if i dont learn about the production of seat belts.
I was beginning to think that i was wasting my time reading about such a boring manufactering system, until i noticed something that struck me so promptly as bizarre that i immediately new what i was doing for the next hour at least. Trying to make some sense out of the information before my eyes. What i read that was so peculiar, was that before every seat belt is sent off to any major car manufactering company to be installed into the latest model, its strap and mechanism are put through 50'000 test pulls before it is released. Now some of you might be thinking that this is an insignificant reason to suspect conspiracy is at hand, but i had to ask some questions here. Please bare with me.
The first thing i wanted to do was figure out a respectable guesstimate at how many times it would take the average driver to pull his seat belt 50'000 times. The reason i want to know is because 50'000 times is an absurd amount of times to test any product. You wouldnt test tires for 50'000 kilometers, or change the oil in an engine 50'000 times. I just had to crunch some numbers.
So here it is according to my estimations ...
The average person, depending on how often the subject uses his vehicle (i.e for work, taking kids to school, etc) uses there car we will say 6 times a day, granted that some days this person would enter there car more than 6 times, but on the opposite end of the spectrum there would be days where the subject doesnt use the vehicle all day long.
Heres the numbers:
6 times on average a day every day all year long ...
6 x 365 = 2190
that means obviously that the person enters there vehicle 2190 times a year. Now assuming that the person puts uses there seat belt religiously, we must multiply the sum by 2 to compensate for every time the seat belt is used (putting on when entering, and releasing when exiting)
2190 x 2 = 4380
So now we can officially say that following the criteria that ive layed out, a the average seat belt is put under 4380 uses annually.
Now we need to figure out how many years it would take to use your seat belt 50'000 times ... keeping in mind that the seat belt has been tested 50'000 times before even being installed into your vehicle ...
11.2 x 4380 = 49056
Now we can officially say that by febuary of the 11th year youve driven your car 6 times a day all year your car seat belt has been through aproxiamtly 99056 uses.
Now i dont know about you, but i think testing a product for an 11 year life is a little risky dont you ? I mean if they tested vaccum cleaners or microwave ovens same way they tested seat belts, i dont think the life span on any of our brand name appliances would be very long do you ? The difference is, seat belts are designed to save lives. Or are they ?
The next thing i wanted to investigate was the probability of seat belt failure. So our uncle google came to the rescue just on time like usual. So i started broad. The first thing i came across was a website called moheit.com, A professional law firm. The seemed to be quite up on this subject seeing as how they have an entire section on the site called "crashworthy" on which they feature information on seat belt failure. At this time i was getting chills, i had a feeling i was really on to something. I began to fill my brain with all the data on the site. What i found was no surprise at all. The first line from the opening paragraph states
Seat belts failures are more common than you think. The seat belt is supposed to prevent injury. But sometimes they are designed so poorly that they cause injury. When a defective seat belt which mechanically fails or when it is designed defectively, the defective seat belt can cause serious injuries in an auto accident.
Starting to see where im going with this ? I hope so, guess it gets better. The site goes on to say that in fact seat belt failure has been proven to be even worse than not wearing a seat belt. However the site advises that you should and have every right to assume that your seat belt is not going to fail you. Wow, thats might generous of them to give you the right to assume. Regardless i was taught not to assume, and i sure as hell am not going to just roll over and assume that my seat belt is going to save my life. I want answers, and they arent looking good. They go on to explain a certain irrelevant design flaw. They also lead me to believe that there are a massive amount of law suits put on car companies for these "design flaws". The section concludes with this ...
Another common seat belt failure occurs during a front-end car accident. In these situation a seat belt injury can occur when the occupant submarines down and forward, causing the neck or spinal cord to suffer serious and often fatal injury from the seat belt's defective design.
I finished reading this and at this point was oblivious to the randomness yet productiveness of this new obsession of mine. Im determined to dig deeper. I notice that there is some information about specifically seat belt related deaths, so i inspect. This section raises even more suspicision. The firm goes on to say that the irony is so very shocking that a seat belt, which is a life preservation device, could possibly cause you death or paralysis. Then the they hit the nail on the head.
Other seat belt wrongful deaths can occur from a defect inertial release or a mechanical component failure. These failures can kill the occupant of the car when the seat belt releases during a car accident. Wrongful death in these situations often occurs when the passenger is ejected from the vehicle. In addition, in design defect cases where the seat belt anchor is improperly placed, wrongful death can occur when the passenger moves towards the roof during a rollover.
Still other seat belt defects exist which can wrongfully injure or cause death. One such common seat belt defect in wrongful death cases is that the retractor component of the seatbelt can supply "slack" in the seat belt, which allows the occupant far too much room to move around in the seat. This movement can lead to fatal injuries in the event of a crash.
well well, so mechanically failure, including parts malfunction and too much slack can cause ejection or "inertial release". Notice the repetive use of the term "wrongful". What that means to me, is that this law firm makes a killing in this field. However they are not the ones i have my sites on.
This brings me back to my opening line. Money. The next thing i want to investigate is who has the most to lose here. Well the people at monheit and a local law firm that wished to remain anonymous believed that car companies pay out approxiamately 8 million dollars US to a family every time a seat belt results in the wrongful death of a family member. The families loved one, another statistic for some accident manifest report, but what if John Q Cardriver didnt parish ? The people at manheim were quote in saying that all seat belt malfunctions are a result of wrongful design flaws at which the car manufacturing company is liable. So i checked around. I found that the courts are far more sympathetic to mangled quads than greiving families. I noticed that most lawsuits filed by a crippled seat belt malfunction surviver are far grander, to the tune of an average 80% increase. Thats 80 million big ones. Yankee dollars. Another google search turned up these numbers. There are an average of 15000 related seat belt wrongful death and injury suits.
My conclusion here is a bit concerning. For those of you who are still with me, lets go back to the numbers one more time shall we ?
Playing the first side of the card, lets say that all 15000 seat belt malfunction lawsuits were wrongful death suits all resulting in the average 8 million dollar pay out.
15000 x $8 000 000 = $120 billion
Second side of the card. Imagining that all 15000 dollar lawsuits were filed by paralysd survivers.
15000 x 80 000 000 = 1.2 trillion american big ones a year
Now that were on the same page, the brutal truth. Its cheaper by billions of dollars every year on car manufacturing companies for your seat belts to fail. How much do you trust mankind ? Enough to put your seat belt on the next time you get in your car ? Enough to succumb the black conspiracy ?
Written by Eric Duhamel