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Re: complicated modern cars

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Subject: Re: complicated modern cars
From: David Scheidt <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 01:16:17 -0500
On Jul 12, 2004, at 11:16 PM, Randall wrote:

>>>    There's a plastic ball in a kind of basket in most modern
>>> automobile filler necks, as a roll-over spill prevention device. (I
>>> suspect
>>> this is more to quiet the Sierra Club than out of concern for your
>>> safety.)
>> No, it's there to kill people who have to replace in-tank fuel pumps.
> Ok, I'll bite, how is it dangerous to people who have to replace the 
> in-tank
> pump ?

Fire.  The anti-rollover devices make it difficult to safely remove 
gasoline from a tank before removal.  That leads to spills, or not 
bothering to try.  So there tends to be gasoline vapors floating 
around.  The guy in the next bay fires up a grinder, sends a spark at 
the tank, and Whooosh!  You've got a nice fire.

Talk to an insurance company that writes garage keeper's insurance, and 
ask how many of their fire claims are for fires caused by this, and 
you'll learn it's a substantial number.

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