The writer is retired. He was a technical fellow at Delphi Electronics & Safety.
To the Editor:
I was baffled by Keith Crain's Oct. 11 column, "It's not fair to change the rules," concerning federal crash tests and ratings.
When I shop for a car, I want the best information that I can get about the safety of all vehicles on the market. It seems clear that the new tests -- which employ female as well as male crash test dummies, include side pole crash tests, etc. -- are better than the previous tests.
Do I care about the fairness of subjecting vehicles engineered to the old standards to these improved tests? Not in the least.
Do I think that use of the better tests should be delayed until all automakers can re-engineer their vehicles? Absolutely not.
What I care about is making sure that any vehicle that I purchase today is as safe as possible for me, my wife and my daughters.