Letter to our Vice President, Namadi Sambo

It may sound insane in the part of the world when on Monday, 12th of May, 2014, the Kristine M. Rodas, the widow of the man behind the wheel of the Porsche Carrera GT that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker last year sued the car manufacturer, alleging that faults with the design and suspension led to the fatal crash in which both men died within seconds of the crash. The widow alleges that the Porsche Carrera GT that Roger was driving did not have a proper crash cage and racing fuel cell, which she believes is why it exploded upon impact. In furtherance, she claims that Porsche did not warn customers of multiple fatal crashes that have happened in the Carrera GT.

This scenario would be remained an out-of the-point for us until I again go prompted by the grievance that enthralled me when tragedy took his ground in grand style on Monday, April 28, 2014, as Capt. Yusuf Sabo Sambo (junior brother to Vice President Sambo) became bereaved. The deceased was reportedly on his way to the airport to catch a flight when His car, a BMW X6 collided with a tree and burst into flames. It was also reported that according to eye witnesses, that before his car got totally engulfed in flames, he struggled desperately do get of the car but all efforts he puts in proved abortive. He cheaply got roasted alive in the tragic crash.

Ideally, the BMW X6 should prove to be very safe because it certainly comes with an impressive or boastful range of safety equipment, including 10 airbags, traction control, ABS, electronic stability control, tyre pressure monitors and ISOFIX points for securing child seats. It further brags of its Crash-activated headrests which are designed to prevent cervical spine injury in the event of a collision from behind. All restraint systems are monitored by a centre electronic safety “brain” evaluating the type and severity of the collision and many more. However the safety credibility of this vehicle hasn’t been demonstrated by it beyond doubt. It is however held that The 2009 BMW X6 has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It hasn’t also put through the Euro NCAP crash tests so it doesn’t have a star rating.

In the same vein, on April 22, 2010Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun popularly known as DaGrin also died after a vehicle accident in Lagos, Nigeria. He was driving a Nissan model and it was generally believe that if he was driving in a more perceived safe (luxury) car, he would probably have survived until I had to rethink this belief on Saturday, June 15th, 2013 when Ayo Balogun commonly known as Wizkid was reportedly involved in a serious car accident. I knew only God took control of the incident when I saw the remains or state of the car which was reportedly due to a burst tyre.

The sequence of scenarios has taken me aback to make a cry for luxury or special cars and the safety of lives in them. These cars rank on the top of price, value and almost every other wanted features of a good vehicle but where is the guarantee of their safety today as it one of the conceived or believed superiority features that often have over other cars.

In the case of Paul Walker which is quite to similar to that Capt. Yusuf Sabo Sambo as in the two scenarios, both case got caught up in flames upon impact a tree leaves me with less doubt that either the fuel cell which prevents fuel from igniting upon impact, a feature often found in race cars, and the crash cage are improper as Kristine alleged in Paul Walker’s case.

It is generally observed that these cars makers or models have built the cars in such manner that they have an ultra-safety system and as such it is designed in a way that no matter what exigencies the car and the driver could be in, the doors of the cars remain sealed there leaving to the car with no exit option even in cases where an emergency exit would have been the only way to keep the driver or occupant of such vehicle safe and secure.

It is with the convictions explained in this article that I humble advise our Vice President, Namadi Sambo to take this case more critically as the widow in walker’s case is suing the car makers for negligence, wrongful death and product liability.




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