• May 7, 2008
"Hey, Stompy, you wanna take a test drive?
Nein, I'll just take the one in black, please."


So goes the imagined conversation between Michael Herzog, he of size 12 (UK) feet, and the Volvo dealer from whom he purchased a C70. Herzog says his feet are too large for the pedal box in his Volvo, precluding use of that most essential pedal, the accelerator. The issue went to court in Wiesloch, Germany, where a judge ruled that size 12 is not freakishly large, so Volvo should have designed a car to accommodate that size foot. Size 12 on UK size charts is about the same as a U.S. size 12, so it's not an incomprehensibly large foot. The dealer has been directed to refund five percent of the purchase price, a total of £1,350, to pay for a custom pair of shoes that allow the owner to drive his new car, as well as compensate him for time lost to shoe-changes. And we thought the U.S. was litigious.

[Source: am-online, Photo: BBC]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      What about someone with size 5 feet trying to drive a big car, that isn't easy either. It's all in the test drive as far as I am concerned
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is silly! I'm 4'10" and wear a size 6 (womens) shoe. I have a problem, in some cars, reaching the pedals and seeing over the dash. You know what? I didn't buy any of those cars. I bought a smaller car that fit me better. I don't know how this man even got this suit to court. It would have been thrown out here. Stupid!
      • 6 Years Ago
      So now laws tell vendors what should they produce? Do they tell amounts too?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What does he wear, clogs? Oversized army boots?

      I'm tired of how so many people expect all cars to have the space of their living room. Stop trying to drive like you're in a lounge chair! I'm 6'1" and wear size 11.5 (US) shoes. OK, not huge but I have yet to find a car that is so small I cannot comfortably drive it. I am always hearing people of similar height to myself say that they think cars like the Solstice are too small, yet I had to move the seat forward to be comfortable and thought that the interior was too big for a roadster. Even my g/f's 1st gen MR2 has more seat travel than I need!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wear a size 12-13 US and some shoes and some cars just do not mix, I am in the habit of taken off the shoe on my right foot to drive. Unless I am in my Pilotes driving shoes. My dress shoes... yeah right.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't understand all this hooplah, I wear 13 - 14 depending on the brand, and I have only had trouble in a few select cars, and not ONCE in a Volvo.

        My commuter is a last gen Honda Civic and sure my knees go up my nose, but my feet fit just fine.

        In fact, the smallest car I have been in (a Miata) never gave me problems because of my feet.
      WILLIAM VAN ALST
      • 6 Years Ago
      if my car is supposed to average 30 miles to gal! and I'm only getting 15 can i sue general motors?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I drive a volvo. Its an older car (98 S70 T5 5spd. Thats right 3 pedals) and I have no problems with my US size 13's if I wear a Nike, usually a 12 in everything else, or an 11 in converse. Shoes are weird. Anyway, While it is a tad tight, really its not bad. The only thing I could see is if you have square feet. You know, 12 inches long and 12 inches wide. Seriously though, you'd think he'd have caught his food on something test driving the car or even just sitting in it. What a moron. He should have to reimburse Volvo for their legal fees, not them paying him for being a retard. Ug.
      • 6 Years Ago
      maybe he should sue his parents for giving him such "big" feet.
      quit whining - my husband where's a 16 EEEE and our old car was a mazda protege!
      • 6 Years Ago
      So do I get to sue Lotus for making their car's that small that if I were to brake I'd simultaneously change gear with my knee?

      Being 6'6" with size 17 feet bites for finding performance cars to drive.

      I can't drive single seaters either :( - Although my friend once drew me up a special F1 car with a hump in the nose.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I work part time as a clown, and have to wear those clown shoes, which are very large and clumsy. Who can I sue, because they don't accomadate me and my clown feet? Hmmmm.

      This has to be one of the stupidest articles I ever read, not to mention the court gave Mr. "Big Foot" a settlement for having clown feet? Newsbreak to all Sasquatchs out there, if the foot don't fit, BUY ANOTHER CAR!!!!
      Laura
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hello? Don't buy it if you can't drive it. It's not like there aren't other cars out there. Just tell them why you aren't buying their car, they'll get it eventually
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a size 10 1/2 and I can tell you it's a tight fit at times. Oh wait a minute....you're talking about shoe size right??? LOL
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