They could not "PROVE" that you removed it.
+1. realize that if something is true that does ***not*** mean it carries any real world validity or statistically relevant meaning. for example:
"driving with a roof rack protects you from a rock or meteor strike more than not having a roof rack - therefore you're more risky to any passengers or children in a car that had one removed". it's true...but it doesn't carry much statistical weight or real world implications.
as stupid as that sounds i found more instances of it than someone being liable for disabling ABS on the internet, and i tried multiple searches for the later, only one for the former:
millions of drivers have disabled airbags, ABS, lifted vehicles, aftermarket parts, modified or oddly repaired engines, brakes, fuel lines, transmissions, axles, driveshafts. probably 60% of vehicles on this board have some thing that's not "perfectly up to code, state inspection NHTSA, etc". the reality is nothing ever happens.
but maybe you should start a movement - insurance companies and law enforcement officers and states attorneys could turn the tide of lawsuits and liability upside down, there could be a paradigm shift in liability if every vehicle started being scoured for "not up to code", non-traditional repairs and modifications liability. more drivers would go to jail, be sued, inspection stations, audio installers could be held accountable, the floodgates of responsibility would usher forth a new era in safety! then you could write a book about your exposure of systematic evil, get your own wikipedia page, and live the american dream!
there's a one in 10 million chance of something happening and of course maybe it could be very significant but few people run around basing their life decisions on 1 in 10 million odds. if you are that type of person then you would be a nervous, anxious wreck regarding what time you wake up, what time you drive, what stores you frequent, what routes you take, leaving early and late to avoid weather patterns....there's infinitely more risky things you're taking on in life than what we're talking about here.
Edited by grossgary, 27 February 2014 - 01:50 PM.