ONE man’s crusade for safety is nearing its destructive climax, with Ashton Wood needing only a further $3300 to destroy his Jeep Grand Cherokee.
As part of a quirky public campaign for a “Lemon Law” to protect buyers from unknowingly buying defective vehicles, Mr Wood has looked to the community to help destroy his four wheel drive.
Rather than on-sell what he said had been a vehicle riddled with faults, to an unsuspecting buyer, and potentially place them and their family at risk, Mr Wood has looked to crowd source the demolition of the car.
His Jeep has been covered in signatures of people supporting his efforts, and the ink-plastered Jeep has made its way around town, when it works, to encourage fellow motorists with issues to lodge complaints with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
“It’s going really well, we’ve got about $3300 left to raise to destroy the car,” Mr Wood said.
“Everything’s booked; we’ve got a van booked with four cameras to film it (destruction of the Jeep),” he said.
“We’ve got two, 34-tonne excavators booked to rip the engine out and there’s names written on arrows that will be shot into it beforehand.”
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There is a serious undertone to Mr Wood’s campaign.
After lobbying, he said the ACCC had confirmed it would investigate Fiat Chrysler.
“The ACCC are now taking it seriously,” he said.
Mr Wood said he wanted to see a Lemon Law introduced, to ensure both safer roads and more protection for consumers.
He has two lobby groups on board, as well as at least one federal politician and a radio advertising campaign on Brisbane radio.
“At the end of the day, I refuse to sell my car to someone, it’s just too dangerous,” he said.
He said there should be no reason why car dealers were not held to account for their products in much the same way as whitegoods dealers.
Mr Wood’s Jeep will be destroyed on October 4.
For campaign details, visit Facebook and search Destroy My Jeep, or head to http://www.destroymyjeep.com.