I have practiced a similar approach that many have noted here. For example, my lawnmower safety interlocks have all been defeated, I have made many repairs to both household equipment and vehicles. I am aware of safety issues but I am not fanatical about them. I always exercise care in using equipment. However, as of late, I have become more concerned about maintaining these safety systems even if I don’t agree with them. One reason is, I have a 6mo old boy and there’s no telling what he’ll be getting into in the coming years.
Another reason is I may not always be in control of the systems in question and then I am exposing people to these “hazards” when they may expect the safety measures to be in place, or are acting in a manner that they are meant to protect against. What if the neighbor’s boy comes over and borrows my mower only to get hurt using it? I shudder at the possibilities. I recently read on a boating site of a tale that sends shivers up your spine if you do work on your own stuff and later sell it.
This guy wanted to save a few bucks on an auto pilot for his sailboat. He paid some yard “mechanic” to do the work on the cheap. It worked fine and everyone was happy. He later sold the boat. The new owner took some friends out for a cruise and they ended up putting their 3 yo down for a nap in the fo’scle. He was intrigued by the sound of the chain and gears of the autopilot and you may have guessed it, stuck his hand in there. Short story, the guy who sold the modified boat lost his entire fortune of $8M. The lesson here is liability has no expiration date.
I can imagine a scenario where I defeated the CSS and had no troubles myself. But even some stories here speak to others operating the vehicle either not knowing it was disabled or being ignorant and not having the protection afforded by it and potentially being injured.
Imagine a kid getting run over in the driveway or a mechanic bumping the key thinking it won’t go anywhere and pinning a coworker against the wall or toolboxes in front of the vehicle. After they find out you circumvented the measure, the lawyers will take everything you have, or ever could have had. I have this co-worker who thinks “all they can take is all of it”. WRONG, you can go negative and spend the rest of your life paying someone else.
Be careful about those choices you make…I know I will be taking a different approach to protect those around me as well as my family’s financial future…