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Old 10-03-2011, 07:53 AM   #1
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Can the US gov't PLEASE mandate these?

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Neat retractable door edge protector for the 2012 Focus. I know it won't prevent dents from happening if someone really wants to slam a door open. But at least it'll stop accidental scratches.




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Old 10-03-2011, 08:10 AM   #2
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Or everyone could just be more careful when opening there doors.

However, we all know that that's not going to happen so it wouldn't be such a bad thing for manufacturers to put them on all there cars.
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just more crap to pay for and to break. It might prevent a scratch, but will not stop it from denting. Its the responsibility of the driver to ensure no doors contact the closest vehicle, even with a plastic thingy. I don't want people thinking they can just rest their door on mine.

Government mandate? No freaking way. Get out of our cars.
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just more crap to pay for and to break. It might prevent a scratch, but will not stop it from denting. Its the responsibility of the driver to ensure no doors contact the closest vehicle, even with a plastic thingy. I don't want people thinking they can just rest their door on mine.
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The thought of mechanical failure has crossed my mind, but the closeup shots show us that it's a fairly simply hinge mechanism. It looks like it would be easy to remove if it were to cause any trouble. It definitely beats the ugly 3M taped crap people stick on the edge of their doors, or those useless rub strips manufacturers stick to the side doors.

I know in the perfect world personal responsibility would be the best prevention tool, but realistically speaking it's just not going to happen. Normally I'd agree that the gov't needs to stop getting its paws on vehicle regulations and that anything mechanically complex will add to the list of new things to break... but I don't know, I thought this would be a good idea to protect our cars from random idiots. Anyway I thought I'd share the video since I've never seen it before. :-P
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Why do you want the government trying to control another behavior? How about people use the brains more and stop depending on others to make good desicions for them.
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Why do you want the government trying to control another behavior? How about people use the brains more and stop depending on others to make good desicions for them.
This, times about 300 million. The Government should not be in the business of legislating discourtesy or stupidity, under ANY circumstance, IMO. It is already waaaay to big as it is. Though I also don't believe it should be a crime to kick in the door of any discourteous idiot that You catch using Your car as their personal bump stop.
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Why do you want the government trying to control another behavior? How about people use the brains more and stop depending on others to make good desicions for them.
In a perfect world yeah. Everyone is smart and friendly to each other. But in the real world the majority of car owners are selfish and have no concept of respecting other peoples' property. You can get a pretty good judge of someone's character by the way they drive on the road... and from what I've seen so far it's not looking good at all.

I just don't have enough faith in humanity to rely on an honor system. That's the main reason why I'm one of those people that park way out in the back of a parking lot... but in a non-douchey way where I don't occupy 4 spaces at a 45 degree angle. I'll keep doing that until they make car's body panels bulletproof or something. :-P
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Neat idea, but personally I don't need a device like that. I don't go slamming my doors against cars I park next to - same as all of you.

Prevention is worth a pound of cure. I don't park in narrow spaces, and I'm careful when I open my doors.
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No. That video is absolutely horrifying.

I predict this will just cause people to not give even less $hits about opening their door into the side of someone else's car.

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