August 02, 2006

Lawyers In The Drivers Seat

I was reading an article in the Detroit News about how they feel Lawyers need to get out of the Drivers seat.

They are refering to the disclaimers, warnings, and stickers plastered all over vehicles that warn about this and that.

When a 2007 GMC Yukon Denali was dropped in our driveway in late July, the 78-word warning that popped up on the navigation system screen was so preachy, it sounded like something written by a Buddhist monk obsessed with the concept of "mindfulness."

"Caution: Remember, if you are distracted while driving, you could cause a crash and you or others could be injured or killed. Before using this system while driving, read the owner's manual and learn how the system operates. Always concentrate on your driving first by keeping your eyes and mind on the road, and your hands on the wheel. Some functions of this system will not operate when the car is moving. See owner's manual for more information."

If people weren't so stupid then we wouldn't need these warnings, because you know there are a lot of people out there fooling around with their navigation systems, radios, cell phone, eating, etc instead of doing what your suppose to be doing in the vehicle.

But I have a bone to pick with the writer of this article. He claims that the companies and their lawyers are forcing these warnings into the vehicles.


All those seat belt / airbags warnings on your visors, those are MANDATED by the Goberment. Lawyers and Auto Companies have nothing to do with putting them there. In fact, if the warning labels are wrong, missing or unreadable the Goberment will demand a recall of that vehicle and the visors replaced with correct labels.

My last company made sunvisors, that is how I know all that information. And let me tell you, we were very picky about those labels because you don't want the Goberment looking around in your business, which they will do if you screw up those labels.

Posted by Quality Weenie at August 2, 2006 07:08 AM | TrackBack

Ahhh, you are correct, but, before the goberment got involved a lawyer did. Mandated by the goberment yes, but because of a successful suit, or series of suits very early on in most cases. I'm not sure about the visors, but the airbag warnings stem directly from lawsuits early in their usage.

Posted by: oddybobo at August 2, 2006 09:46 AM

We need to get all the damn Lawyers out of Gubvb'mint, too!

Posted by: DirtCrashr at August 2, 2006 10:36 AM

Those warnings are a joke, you are so correct - if folks would drive the car/truck instead of applying makeup, eating and so on, we'd not need these labels. Our government controls far too much of our lives in America. Thanks to the attorneys.

Posted by: John at August 2, 2006 03:36 PM