Letter: Airbags a hazard? Make them optional

 

MEDLEY, FL - MAY 22:  A deployed airbag is seen in a 2001 Honda Accord at the LKQ Pick Your Part salvage yard on May 22, 2015 in Medley, Florida. The largest automotive recall in history centers around the defective Takata Corp. air bags that are found in millions of vehicles that are manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The largest automotive recall in history centers around the defective Takata Corp. air bags that are found in millions of vehicles manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Airbag anxiety? The simple and obvious answer is “remove the airbags.” Replace them in the future if desired; it should be optional.

 

Too much government control. First came the seat belts, which are by now generally accepted, but then, air bags. That was overkill.

Being advised not to drive because you could be killed is ridiculous. Drug companies can advise that side effects include death, so you’ve been forewarned. But with a car, the air bag is the killer, so have it removed and keep on driving.

BOB MACLEOD, WELLINGTON

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