November 7, 2013
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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Martin Winterkorn
Dr. rer. pol. h. c. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Jochem Heizmann
Dr.-Ing. E. h. Michael Macht
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Horst Neumann
Dr. h. c. Leif Östling
Hans Dieter Pötsch
Volkswagen Group of America
2200 Ferdinand Porsche Dr.
Herndon, VA 20171
Re: Health Problems from Steering and Suspension Systems – Mayo Clinic – Mercedes-Benz
Discovery of Variable Material Creep Force Tolerance Threshold Values in Human Mass
Dear Volkswagen AG Board of Directors,
I’m contacting you today to make you aware that we have discovered two design flaws (steering and suspension)
that have been causing serious health issues for over 25-years that must be corrected immediately to avoid
what will prove to be a radical negative impact on quality of life.
The flaws result in human physical function loss from pain and deformities in mass and because our sciences
have failed to realize that our human mass (soft and hard) has a “variable material creep force tolerance
threshold value.” Mercedes-Benz has acknowledged this.
In 2001, I initiated a study to determine why I developed so many muscle/skeletal injuries after retiring. Straight
fingers became curved, knuckles twisted, chronic pain in lower back, hip, left shoulder, headaches, and many
other ailments. The causes of the injuries were traced to the discovery of the presence of the “variable material
creep force tolerance threshold value” in human body mass. The high effort steering system and stiff
suspension in my 2000 Chevrolet Impala were responsible for shock loads traveling through my body mass while
it was conducting the process of generating and delivering (G&D) the higher forces necessary to overcome the
resistance in the steering system within 3/10ths of a second. The faster the vehicle speed the more resistance I
encountered which required even greater forces and shock loading.
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The stiff suspension allows the delivery of shock loads (body shaking) through the human body because it does
not absorb the shocks from the uneven road surfaces. The repetitive shock loads inflict a damaging shock
loading dynamic force, which pushes matter through its elastic state, and then into its plastic state resulting in
mass change (deformation).
The steering problem started in the 80’s when the auto industry (Mercedes-Benz) started replacing “low effort”
(LE) one finger steering with todays “high effort” (HE) which requires one or both hands while turning the wheel
or course corrections because of the steering resistance. Remember “feel the road” and “take charge of your
car” advertising in the 80’s by Mercedes? Even with two hands steering, shock-loading injuries are
unavoidable. Shock loads are inherent with the HE design. Note: Children with soft (low material creep) bones
develop similar injuries from video gaming. Adults and children’s deformities (bending and twisting) went
unrecognized because video gaming and HE steering became popular at the same time. Adults use their injured
fingers as a benchmark for comparing their children’s injured fingers. If your children conducted any process in
Module 1 of our web site then compare their fingers to a 2 or 3-year-old child that has not conducted these
processes or attended a Day Care facility that encourages coloring for behavioral control. See Pages 3-44 to 3-
51, for identification of the dynamic force presence in the coloring process and its resulting bending and knuckle
twisting in children’s fingers. Two pictures on Page 3-53.
The G&D process is started by firmly positioning the feet to the floor (anchoring). Muscles from the toes through
the finger tips snap/jerk from a relaxed state to a taunt state while delivering the forces and shock loads to all
muscles, joints, and tissues involved in the process. Some situations require the G&D process to include the
weight of the upper torso in the amount of the delivering force. The G&D process occurs with every steering
resistance encountered. The human senses, sense the presence of the resistance, but don’t know the amount
of the resistance. In the G&D process, the shock loading forces are absorbed by the bone mass, cartilage, disc,
and soft tissue (force pushing mass into its plastic state). See Module 2, Line item #2 of our web site. See
Chart #15 on Page 2-25, Chart 16 on Page 2-26, Chart #17 on Page 2-28. (Free copy of our information “Our
Silent Epidemic” is available in Module 6 of our web site www.miketomich.com).
Many health problems develop because of the required circular shock loading forces. On a smooth road with a
low road crown, steering adjustments range from 56 to over 136 a minute at 55 mph. Each steering adjustment
delivers an excessive forces accumulates in the injured tissues thus expanding the injury.
The steering resistance is a major factor in the development of carpal tunnel, chronic shoulder- back-neck-hip-
knee-ankle-elbow-hand injury, inflammation, finger pain, numbness, arthritic joints, and more. Many of these
injuries are shown throughout our site and book, also see the end of Section 2 of our down loadable ‘Our Silent
Epidemic’ in Module 6.
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The steering wheels are too thick because the size does not allow parallelism between the knuckles and wheels
grasping surfaces. Driver wheel contact is made with the palm of the hands and fingertips (10-2 grasping
position). Forces delivered in this position result in fingers bending backward at the first and/or second
knuckles. In addition, knuckles become twisted from the forces pressing the knuckles to make full wheel surface
contact during force delivery to move the wheel. In addition, if the tip of a finger rides on any part of the steering
wheel surface, the main knuckle at the hand for that finger becomes quickly enlarged and develops painful
arthritis within six thousand miles. Please refer to Module 2, line item #2 on our site www.miketomich.com. Refer
to ‘Our Silent Epidemic’ (down loadable in Module 6) Page 2-47 Group of pictures at bottom of page. Picture on
Page 2-74 and the bottom of Page 2-47 in “Our Silent Epidemic” information book. See Figures 31 and 32 on
Page 2-48 and 2-49 for twisting or bones and knuckles from the thick steering wheel and resistance.
The right and left turning resistance is responsible for vertebrae shifting out of position in the back due to the
uneven pulling of the back muscles during various turns and course corrections. This is another cause and
effect by the G&D process with fast developing crippling results (first physical signs usually within six thousand
miles). Some injuries include numbness/tingling in hands and fingers, chronic arm-neck-shoulder pain, migraine
headaches, neck and back disc compressions. Steering effort must be reduced to easy one finger steering (see
video on low effort harmless steering, in Module 2, Line item #3 on or site).
Stiff suspensions also result in serious health problems and we believe it may be linked to the cause of autism.
Degenerative back disease, sciatica nerve injuries, Fibromyalgia, and other injuries mentioned in this letter, are
increased by the shaking of the body. Autism started to become a problem in the 80’s when the HE steering and
stiff suspensions were added to vehicles, and hard injection molded seats replaced spring seating. Today our
suspensions and hard molded seating do not isolate riders from the shock loads generated on uneven road
surfaces that shake the human body. In seven months an embryo can experience 7-9 million+ shock loads
traveling through it. Many mothers work almost to their due date and our research in the negative results of
impact forces on the human body indicates the shaking of the mother during pregnancy (shock loads, mini-
traumas) may be the major cause of autism, instead of a chemical cause. Many physicians believe it happens in
the uterus. Dr. Christopher Walsh, Children's Hospital Boston states “autism happens in the Uterus.” Hospital of
Boston “it affects all kids, all races. Dr. Christine O’Rourke-Lang, Autism Behavior Analysis; “everyone knows
someone with autism now. Reference ’PBC presentation 'Decoding Autism' (9-19-11, Sara Lee Kessler). CDC 3-
21-13, Autism is now 1 in 50 children and no hint of a cure is available.
Mercedes-Benz designed and promoted the stiff steering and stiff suspensions on their vehicles in the 80’s. The
automotive industry copied their design. Mercedes-Benz is now converting to a soft riding suspension system
that isolates passengers from the bumps in the uneven road surfaces. They are now scrapping that stiff
suspension system they designed and promoted because they know of the strong autism connection; they
realize that shaking the human body has serious consequences. This is one of their videos of their new ‘Fully
Active Suspension Technology’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df2mM5jP1W0
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There are other vehicle design issues, seat belts/seating/height/width/weight of steering wheel, etc. Example;
Seat belts secure the hips to the seat and bouncing from the stiff suspension and seating causes the L-4, and L-
5 vertebrae to respond to the bouncing and shaking by separating and clashing together with every bump felt by
the body. HE steering is also a factor in lower back pain. This is one major reason why so many police officers
and other high mileage drivers suffer from chronic lower back and sciatic pain. Both small and large frame
people develop the accumulative injuries but the injuries appear faster in smaller framed people. Bending of
fingers and twisting of knuckles usually appear within six thousand miles.
You’ll find that a majority of employee medical expenses will be attributed to the steering, suspension, and
seating problems. This is typically reflected in workmen’s compensation claims for shoulder, back, knee, elbow,
carpal tunnel, depression, Fibromyalgia, hip/shoulder replacements, chronic pain, pain pill addictions, and
various other additional musculoskeletal injuries. Mini trauma injuries deteriorate healthy mass while making the
injuries irreversible and susceptible to easy failure which is typically blamed on business processes. There are
other damaging processes in life and business today, which can easily be corrected once our new rules for safer
ergonomics are shared with process and product designers.
In addition to Mercedes-Benz converting stiff suspension to soft/smooth riding suspensions, Mayo Clinic in
Rochester, Minnesota agrees with our study results and is presently conducting clinical studies. Unfortunately,
through the remaining three years of Mayo’s Clinical study protocols, adults and children will continue to be
added to the injury list (more on our web site).
Please consider giving this information to your people in physics, and I hope you will provide me the opportunity
to share our information with them. Unfortunately, many mechanical engineers have difficulty understanding our
information about the “variable material creep force tolerance threshold values” as being applicable to human
I have experienced many of the muscle/skeletal problems identified in our information after I purchased a 2000
Chevrolet Impala. After seeing the same injuries with other Impala drivers, we asked GM in 2002 to participate in
our study, they declined but we continued with our studies.
I hope you see the opportunity to take the lead in providing newly designed vehicles that avoid conflict with the
‘variable material creep force tolerance threshold values.” Please feel comfortable contacting me with any
questions. I hope to communicate with your soon. If I do not hear from you within the next 45 days, then I’ll
assume you’re not interested in our information.
Michael Tomich and/for
Amar Sawar M.D., Kausik Raval M.D., Professor Kenneth Granke M.D.
Main letter to Volkswagen-Audi of November 7, 2013. Identifying our scientific discovery, explaining their
design errors and how injuries happen to drivers and passengers due to their present steering and
suspension system design exceeding the 'material creep force tolerance threshold values of various mass,
and corrective actions needed to stop the injuries to drivers and passengers, including children, especially in
|Letter to Volkswagen and Audi
|Audi-Volkswagen Motor Reply to our letter of 11-07-13
Audi-Volkswagen response is they can't accept the information because I'm not employed with them.
This is free information intended to stop chronic musculoskeletal pain. Buyer beware....if you buy it,
it doesn't mean it's safe.
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"Our Silent Epidemic"
Picture & Reference Guide
Part 1 What you need to know before reading this book.
This publication presents the "mechanical process" responsible for musculoskeletal injuries, including; arthritis,
RA, bending of bones, twisted fingers, deformed fingers, back-neck-shoulder-hip-knee-ankle chronic pain,
sciatic nerve, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, physical therapy, medical operations, and death. This information
presents results from our private research which identifies the most common sources of dynamic force injuries
to children and adults...that being video gaming, computers, coloring for children, and adults driving "high effort
steering" vehicles which are
common in todays automotive world.
Part 2 The Automotive Story
2-7 In 2000, my physical health started deteriorating.
2-8 People Case Studies
2-12 Figure 1, 2 Deformed knuckles [from Impala Steering wheel]
2-13 Figure 4, 5 Damaging hand gripping positions
2-15 Physical therapy facility
2-15 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier driving experience
2-16 Figure 6 Seating designs of vehicles of yesteryear [before injection molding]
2-17 Figure 7 Impala seating
2-17 Figure 8 Force - Pressure of vertebra
2-17 Figure 9 Seating - Gravity - Body off perpendicular by 10 degrees
2-18 Figure 10 Disk movement due to off parallel of 10 degrees
2-19 Figure 11 Combined focus concentration of weight and forces to hips and lumbar
2-20 Written example of force delivery from the end of a finger (No chart)
2-21 Figure 12-1 Areas A and B of drivers back - supported and unsupported
2-21 Figure 12-2 Pivot point of Areas A and B
2-23 Figure 14 Muscular system of our back
2-25 Figure 15 Time-Effort-Shock chart identifying shock load in high effort steering
2-26 Figure 16 Destructive Forces and Vibration - identification of shock loads, dynamic forces, and
2-27 Wrist support therapies
2-28 Figure 17 Chart identification of difference between damaging high effort steering and
non-damaging low effort steering
2-29 Figure 18, 19 Commonly used damage inflicting gripping position
2-29 Cause of L-4, L-5 disk damage
2-30 Figure 20 Damage inflicted steering wheel gripping positions
2-30 Figure 21 Picture of knuckles that became bent and twisted from grasping the steering wheel
contour shown in Figure 20
2-32 Notation-Figure 22 Drawing of parallel knuckle surfaces
2-32 Figures 23-1, 23-2 New routing of tendon on top surface of middle finger and finger functional
2-32 Figure 24 Inward bending of ring finger
2-33 Figure 25 Small finger gripping the thick steering wheel that results in permanent deformity of K10
knuckle and causes outward bending of small finger
2-33 Figures 26-1, 26-2, 26-3 Pictures of small fingers bent away from hands
2-34 Figures 27-1, 27-2, 27-3 Identification of dynamic forces to thumb
2-34 Figure 27-4 Enlargement of thumb indicating degrees of deformities
2-35 Figure 27-5 Picture of deformed thumbs
2-35 Figures 28-1, 28-2, 28-3 Pictures of thumb deformities
2-36 Figure 28-4 Picture of thumb deformities
2-36 Figures 28-5, 28-6 Picture of forces causing children's thumbs to bend outward
2-37 Figure 28-7 Picture of an outward bending thumb of an elderly lady
2-37 Figure 28-8 Wrinkles on thumb identifying direction of outward bending
2-37 Figure 28-9 Inability to touch thumb to hand
2-37 Figure 28-10 Inability to touch thumb to small finger
2-37 Figure 28-11 Inability to use a damaged thumb in holding a cloth
2-38 Figure 28-12 Holding a brush with a deformed thumb
2-38 Figure 28-13 Holding a dinner fork using the tip of the thumb
2-38 Figure 28-14 New grasping position using a screw driver
2-38 Figure 28-15 New grasping position using a pair of pliers
2-39 Figure 28-16 Thumb deformities when dialing a phone
2-39 Figure 29-1, 29-2 Gripping positions that would not allow curtain cord to be pulled
2-39 Figure 29-3 Gripping position that must be used to enable pulling of curtain cord
2-41 Figure 29-4 Common damaging steering wheel grip position
2-41 Figure 29-5 Circular bending of index and middle finger from 9-4 grasping position
2-42 Figure 30-1 Identification of thick, rough, callused skin from steering wheel grip
2-43 Figure 30-2 Enlarged view of rough, callused, skin of index finger
2-43 Figure 30-3 Picture of thick, rough, callused, non elastic skin on index finger
2-43 Figure 30-4 Picture of thick, rough, callused, non elastic skin on inside of thumb
2-44 Figure 30-5-1 Picture of palm of the right hand - area of discomfort
2-44 Figure 30-5-2 Enlarged area of the palm of the hand
2-44 Figure 30-5-3 Area of palm with pain and discomfort attributed to grasp of thick steering wheel with
the tips of the fingers and palms
2-44 Figure 30-5-4 Picture of the thick, callused, skin from holding the steering wheel
2-45 Figure 30-5-5 Picture of the skin on the elbow becoming stretched
2-45 Figure 30-5-6 Picture of the excess stretched skin of the elbow
2-45 Figure 30-5-7, 30-5-8 Additional pictures of stretched elbow skin
2-46 Figure 30-6-1 Picture of the texture of a new Impala steering wheel
2-47 Figure 30-6-2, 30-6-3 Picture of Impala steering wheel with texture worn off
2-47 Insert - Finger Feathering Effect - 6 pictures of finger tips bent backwards
2-48 Figure 31 Drawing of a healthy knuckle making initial contact with contour of steering wheel
2-49 Figure 32 Drawing of an Unhealthy Knuckle that has been conformed to make full contact with the
surface of a steering wheel that is off parallel to natural surface of a healthy knuckle
2-50 Figure 33-1, 33-2 Picture of the small bone structure of the fingers and hand
2-50 Figure 34-1 Picture of the fingers bent and twisted to conform to unnatural steering wheel contour
2-50 Figure 34-2 Picture of fingers bent and twisted to conform to unnatural steering wheel contour. High
points of the knuckles are identified (commonly referred to as Bouchard's/Heberden's nodes)
2-51 Figure 34-3 Finger tips that are bent towards the thumb from holding the steering wheel in the
position shown in 34-4
2-51 Figure 34-4 A gripping position that results in dynamic forces causing the fingers to bent upward as
shown in 34-3
2-51 Figure 34-5 Identification of poorly designed steering wheel of a 2002 Pontiac Sunbird with a
damaging high effort steering system that results in the finger deformities identified in 34-3
2-52 Figure 35-1 Identification of damaging gripping surfaces that are off parallel to the natural knuckle
surfaces which result in twisted knuckles
2-52 Figure 35-2 Picture of 4 knuckles that have become permanently bent and twisted from grasping the
off parallel surfaces of the steering wheel shown in 35-1
2-53 Sphere to sphere contact (calculations)
2-54 Traumatic effects of vibration - additional emphasis on the
2-54 Three pages of children's information
2-55 Figure 36-1, 36-2 Pictures of a 3-year-old girls finger deformities from playing games using a
computer keyboard and mouse
2-56 Figure 37-3 Picture of deformed fingers of a 10-year-old girl from playing video games
2-56 Figure 38-1, 38-2, 38-3 Picture of deformed fingers of a young child from playing video games on a
Nintendo 64 video game player
2-57 Figure 39 Picture of permanently bent and twisted fingers of a 24-year-old young man that started
playing video games as a toddler
2-58 Figure 40-1 Picture of deformed fingers of a 22-year-old lady from driving her 2003 Chevrolet Impala.
2-58 Figure 40-2 Picture of the 22-year-old lady in Figure 40-2, indicating how her fingers have curled,
bent, and twisted to conform to the gripping position held when driving her Impala
2-59 Figure 41-1, 41-2, 41-3, 41-4 Pictures of an old thin steering wheel and latest trend of thick steering
2-61 Carpal tunnel syndrome is misconceived as repetitive motion from typing
2-64 Some symptoms of health problems associated with high effort vehicles
2-66 Figure 42 One of the least damaged fingers
2-66 In summary
Pictures of Injured Drivers
2-67/68 AP-1-1, AP-1-2, 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe - Cindy - Homemaker
2-68 AP-2 2003 Mustang - Engineer
2-69 AP-3-1, AP-3-2 Chevrolet Astro Van - School Teacher
2-70 AP-4-1, AP-4-2, AP-4-3 Clair - Office work - Mercury Cougar
2-71 AP-5-1, AP-5-2, AP-5-3 Noel (20) - Office work - Ford F-150
2-72 AP-6 Male - Ford F-150 Diesel - 4x4
2-73 AP-7 Male - 1997 Chevrolet, 4x4, Jimmy
2-74 AP-8 Female - Ford - F-150
2-74 AP-9 Male - Bank worker - Neon
2-74 AP-10 Male - Durango
2-75 AP-11 Female - Office worker - Saturn 2001 SL2
2-76 AP-12 Male - truck driver
2-77 AP-13 Male - 40's - Physician - Jaguar
2-78 AP-14, AP-15 Females - Office workers - Dodge Durango
2-79 AP-16-1 Male - Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Jimmy
2-80 AP-16-2 Male - Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Jimmy
2-81 AP-17 Female - Driver - Ford Van
2-81 AP-18-1, AP-18-2, AP-18-3 Female - Mercury Cougar
2-82 AP-19-1, AP-19-2, AP-19-3, AP-19-4 - Female - Various HES vehicles
Part 3 The Children's Story
Page 3 Issue/Reference
3-5 News paper article - comments
3-11 Becoming aware of the children's deformities
3-13 Destructive dynamic force calculations
3-18 Various controllers with vibration promotions
3-20 Promoting of damaging vibration by manufacturers on controller packaging.
3-21 Picture, controller split view, motors used for vibration are in place
3-23 Picture of the inside of a controller identifying the vibration source
3-25 Chart "CFAA-Shock Loads / Dynamic Forces" indicates the creation and delivery of the damaging
dynamic forces (for video, cars, coloring, and other dynamic force processes)
3-28/29 Game Boy forces - Destructive forces "CF1-1, CF1-2"
3-30/31 Peening of surfaces "CF1-3, CF1-4"
3-31/32 Thumbs-unnatural forces and twisting "CF1-5, CF1-6,"
3-32 Pictures of twisted/bent thumbs and off-center finger nails "CF1-7, CF1-8, CF1-9"
3-33 Pictures of twisted/bent thumbs "CF2-1, CF2-1-1, CF2-2, CF 2-3
3-34 Gaming gun - Unnatural forces "CF 2-4"
3-34 Pictures of twisted/bent thumbs "CF 2-5, CF 2-6"
3-35 Video controller - Unnatural forces - Front view "CF 3-1" Dynamic forces identified
3-37 Video controller - Unnatural forces - Bottom view "CF 3-2"
3-38 Video controller - Unnatural forces - Bottom - Enlarged "CF 3-3"
3-40 Game Boy - Unnatural forces - Bottom holding view "CF 3-4"
3-41 Game Boy - Child and adult -Unnatural forces - Bottom hold CF 3-5, CF 3-6
3-42 Unnatural force identification - Grasping - Front - Video Controller "CF 3-7, CF 3-8"
3-44 Crayola forces generated "CF 4-1, CF 4-2"
3-46 Chart "CF 4-3" Identifying the generation of dynamic forces in the coloring stroke
3-47 Forces - Shock load of breaking crayon - Safe-unsafe-Coloring stroke "CF 4-4"
3-47 Picture of force zone in coloring stroke "CF 4-5"
3-48 Picture A , B, C, D Coloring grips - dynamic force in holding the coloring book in place
3-49 Pictures E, Identification of destructive dynamic forces
3-49 Picture G right hand finger deformities from coloring
3-50 Picture H left hand finger deformities from holding the coloring pages
3-50 Two finger rule
3-51 Picture J picture identifying the various dynamic force coloring strokes
3-52 11 Pictures of case studies of deformed fingers from video gaming
3-53 Picture of Alyssa, 3-year-old, finger deformities from computer use
3-54/55 Pictures of Nicki, 5-year-old, finger deformities from Nintendo 64 video game
3-56 Pictures of Jebb, 18-year-old, finger deformities from video gaming
3-57 Pictures of CI-1, CI-2, 24-year-olds, deformities from video games
3-58 Picture of WL-1, WL-2, 11-year-old, deformities from video games
3-59 Picture of Bob, 15-year-old, deformities from video games
3-59 Picture of Jason, 22-year-old, deformities from video games
3-60 Pictures of Jac 1 and Jac 2, 19-years-old, deformities from video gaming
3-61 Picture of Mary, young teenager, deformities from video games
3-61 Picture of Earl, 23-year-old, deformities from video games
3-62 Picture of Cody, 10-year-old, deformities from video games
3-63 Picture of Frank, 14-year-old, deformities from video games
3-64 Picture of a 17-year-old young man with deformed fingers from video games
3-64 Picture of a 23-year-old man, deformities from video games
3-65 Pictures of Chris 6, Melinda 2, Jon 5. Deformed fingers from coloring.
Letters located behind Part 3
#1 Michigan Surgeon General 04-04-04
#2 Michigan Attorney General 05-24-04
#3 State of Washington - Attorney General 05-24-04
#4 United States Consumer Product Safety Commission 06-29-04
#5 Surgeon General - Michigan 02-20-04
#6 Three Michigan Legislators - letter of support 12-20-04
#7 One of Many Letters to Manufacturer's requesting their help 05-18-04
The following letter references information found in our free download report "Our Silent Epidemic" which can be obtained in Module 6.
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