This MUNI Seat Thing

About a month ago I started seeing this sign on the seats at the front of the MUNI buses:

img 6902 This MUNI Seat ThingI wondered what kind of safety issue there could possibly be with those seats that I’ve used many times in the eight years that I lived here. So I turned to Google.

SFist explains: “the company that has manufactured many a Muni bus, warns its customers that “there have been three hard-braking incidents where passengers were ejected from these forward-facing seats and sustained quadriplegic injuries.” SFBG elaborates that it’s a fear of lawsuits that have caused the seats to be flipped up and permanently disabled.

It’s ridiculous. Yes, there’s a chance that if you’re sitting in that seat and there’s a sudden stop you’ll go flying and get hurt. But it seems like there’s at least an equal chance that the same thing will happen if you’re standing in front of the the flipped-up seat, which is what people now do in that space. So now there are just four less seats for sitting down on the buses.

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