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Old 10-05-06, 09:02 AM
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Car crash commercials...anyone wonder why they got so graphic?

I've been noticing in car safety and insurance commercials that they are getting pretty graphic. On more than one occasion I actually jumped. I know what it is like as I have been through it and to see it in very shocking detail lately is a little unnerving.

Some of them, like this Dr. Z. one for Daimler-Chrysler just seems so out of place with the reporter guy and them slamming and having the airbags go off.

Others are more graphic and am wondering why there has been this trend to such violence which is what I think it is showing.
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Originally Posted by ShaunoftheDead

Others are more graphic and am wondering why there has been this trend to such violence which is what I think it is showing.
Simple answer: Because car wrecks are serious and airbags save lives? Showing a real accident gets the point across far better than a crash test dummy.
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I would just like to know why in the VW commercials they are always talking about an accident when they have an accident. Don't you think that is just jinxing yourself?
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Perhaps they are not violent and graphic enough:

Fatalities 2003 42,643
Crashes 2003 6,328,000

http://www.bts.gov/publications/nati...ble_02_17.html
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uhm...to get people to remember them, and talk about them.

Car Companies..........5/5

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Yes, but these are shown all through the day. you don't think a little kid watching these are going to be a little scared to get into a car after watching something that looks so real?
Old 10-05-06, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by ShaunoftheDead
Yes, but these are shown all through the day. you don't think a little kid watching these are going to be a little scared to get into a car after watching something that looks so real?
So a commercial about auto safety should not be shown during the day because it might scare a child?
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So, don't let your kids watch TV.
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Ignore the violence and sex on tv...but beware of the tv commercials!!!!!!!!!

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Maybe that kid will remind his mommy to put her seatbelt on.
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Personally, I won't ever buy a VW now. Every time I see one on TV someone slams into it. They must have some type of engineering flaw.
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I think they would do a better service by showing that the car causing the accident had an inattentive driver on a cell phone.
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Personally, I won't ever buy a VW now. Every time I see one on TV someone slams into it. They must have some type of engineering flaw.
Exactly. That's why I won't buy a pickup. Somebody is always dropping a big engine in the bed, or Paul Bunyan might steal it, or the next thing you know I'd have to tow some big semi out that got stuck in a tunnel.

And don't get me started on that slip'n'slide thing. Seems way too dangerous.
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Don't forget about that one SUV that gets eaten by a giant gorilla. Every vehicle I've ever driven has always been completely ignored when I drive by ginormous apes, but this new one? Forget it.
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Originally Posted by ShaunoftheDead
Yes, but these are shown all through the day. you don't think a little kid watching these are going to be a little scared to get into a car after watching something that looks so real?
You have a point - these ads may be seriously impeding the child driver.
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Originally Posted by The_Infidel
Don't forget about that one SUV that gets eaten by a giant gorilla. Every vehicle I've ever driven has always been completely ignored when I drive by ginormous apes, but this new one? Forget it.
The only rig left to buy is a Toyota Tacoma. A lot of crap may happen to it, but by the time you get back, you won't even notice.
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Originally Posted by gijon213
I would just like to know why in the VW commercials they are always talking about an accident when they have an accident. Don't you think that is just jinxing yourself?
Of all the ones I've seen, I can only remember one where they were actually talking about accidents, and that was the one where two people were commenting on the previous VW crash commercials. The other ones always have people talking about random daily stuff.
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I like the new commericials it does give some people a wake up call, being an emergency responder I have seen far too many crashes, rollovers, pin jobs, etc... The thought of a husband or wife on their way home to see one another but never makes its is awful.
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Originally Posted by M2theAX
I like the new commericials it does give some people a wake up call, being an emergency responder I have seen far too many crashes, rollovers, pin jobs, etc... The thought of a husband or wife on their way home to see one another but never makes its is awful.
A wake up call to buy a VW?

These commercials show people with belts on, driving normally in their VW product -- the other car always runs the light/stop sign smashing, crashing and doing the damage.

I can't stand the commercials and think they are over the top for no other reason than to try and get people to buy another make of car. Now I could understand it if they were PSA's, but they're not.
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It's only VW. There aren't graphic car commercials.
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Don't these drivers on TV know about defensive driving?
They are always busy talking to other people, etc, instead of paying attention to what's going on outside of their vehicle. I partially blame them for the accident. They didn't know they were going to get hit. A good driver would at least see they were going to get hit before it actually happened.
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Have you seen the ones where the people riding in the car are either talking about random stuff, or talking about the previous car crash commercials, and another car slams into them -- and then one of the people in the car that was hit goes, "HOLY -- " and then on the screen the words appear, "Safety Happens".. I just think it's odd that they almost say, and certainly imply, the word "shit" in a television commercial.
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I thought he was saying "Holy Molies!"
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I love those commercials. They are kind of like little 30 second Final Destination movies.
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damn, I read that as car wash commercials....

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