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Re: seatbelt recall

To: Bob Howard <>,
Subject: Re: seatbelt recall
Date: Sat, 22 May 1999 10:12:11 -0400 (EDT)
IMHO, there was a reason why the seatbelts were recalled: safety. Simply put
it is the responsibility of the company to send safe products into the 
marketplace. Obviously, this was not the case with these seatbelt retractors 
therefore they were ordered to replace them by the Federal government. This is 
problem for which responsiblity has already been assigned. Not to enforce this 
responsiblity, allows this company to escape its responsiblity ans sets a bad 
precedent for other companies.   

If the company was required to replace the seatbelts, then they should. 
Otherwise a simple cost benefit analysis would dictate every company send 
items into the market, and only replace the smallest mumber of units, thereby 
increasing profit at the expense of consumer safety. As it is, companies bank 
a low recall number and time.

MGs are on the road longer than most automobiles, few are junked.  
On Sat, 22 May 1999, Bob Howard <> wrote:
>  Please explain to me why a class action suit would be worthwhile.
>  Twenty years have passed since these seat belt units were to be
>  In any recall, few owners respond to notification from the
>  Belts age and should be replaced because of time. The recall is about
>retractors that would have reached the end of their normal life by now. 
>Responsible owners do this as maintenance.  
> What benefit would accrue, and to whom,  for a third, fourth, fifth,
>sixth owner of a car to harass a company by means of a suit, a company
>that did not manufacture or import these vehicles? 
>  Is this in the best interest of getting MG to return to the US market?
>  Bob 
>>> > Hi
>>> > I am one of the lurkers that read all, but usually don't have much 
>>to offer in
>>> > advice. However; I read with interest about the seatbelt recall 
>>and that there
>>> > was some firm that was apparently supposed to oversee it 
>>completed. It seems
>>> > that everyone that has written has had a problem getting them, if 
>>they got them
>>> > at all.
>>> >
>>> > I am an attorney and a new MG guy. Perhaps a class action can be 
>>brought on
>>> > behalf of the MG owners to get the price of new ones from that 
>>company. If you
>>> > have any information, I will look into it.
>>> > Chris
>>> > 1977 MGB
>>> >

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