Friday, October 8, 2010


I always notice weird stuff. And now that I just got this Altima, I check it out periodically and notice different things. It probably stems from my days at the insurance-company-that-shall-remain-nameless, when I used to work in the field inspecting vehicles.

This morning, when I was getting out of the car, I checked my VIN tag. I had been wondering when the car was actually manufactured...again, like I said - just weird stuff that only I would care about. :lol:

Next to the VIN tag, I saw this:

It's kind of blurry, but it tells you a few things:

1. The vehicle seating capacity is 5 persons - 2 in front and 3 in the back.
2. The combined weight of the occupants in the vehicle should never exceed 899 lbs.

There's also some info about the tire size and tire pressure, but not relevant to this blog so we're moving on. :lol:

So I started thinking: who neeeds to be told that only 2 people can sit in the front? Isn't that sort of obvious with the 2 bucket seats? And then, if you weighed 180 lbs, and 4 of your friends weighed 180 lbs, and y'all decided to carpool, I guess you'd be 1 lb over the limit. Does the car just fall apart? Do the tires flatten? LOL!

I just can't imagine someone sitting around thinking about the weight of their vehicle occupants. I wonder how long they've had that tag on their vehicles? I bet someone filed a lawsuit about something relating to this. That's how most of the "common sense instructions for dummies" tags end up on products nowadays. Things that you scratch your head and get confused about why there even has to be a warning, no doubt somebody has filed suit.

And those were the random thoughts in my head this morning. :)


Serenity3-0 said...

This is too funny. I never pay attention to these types of things but I know that people have weighed more and sat in my car. LOL

Marilie said...

I don't think anybody does! And then if the car broke down, I guess that would be their defense: "hey, we placed a warning tag. It's not our fault you had "The Fat Boys - Reunion Tour" in the car..." LOL!

Christie said...

Five people of that size can't fit in the car if they wanted to. Four people, yeah. But five people? Prolly can't get the door closed. So I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Marilie said...

It wasn't a "worry" - I rarely have more than 1-2 other people in the car with me. Mostly it's just me, or me and LDR when he's here. It was more of a "things that make ya go hmmm" and chuckle type issue. I just thought it was funny that they felt the need for that warning.