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March 24, 1989

The Soda Crush

Author Affiliations

Adrian, Mich

Adrian, Mich

JAMA. 1989;261(12):1732. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420120064026

To the Editor.—  I found the article by Dr Cosio1 concerning soda pop vending machine injuries to be analytic, amusing, dismaying, and somewhat irritating. First, I must applaud the scholarly method in which he analyzed the vast amounts of force that can generated by a simple soda pop vending machine. I was amused even to find an article referring to soda pop vending machines in JAMA in the first place. I was quite dismayed that so many serious injuries could be attributed to falling vending machines.However, the article's conclusion and abstract irritated me in their shortsightedness. The author concluded that the vending machine companies must redesign their machines, and that this was the cause for 15 injuries, including three deaths. Obviously, thousands to millions of people use these machines regularly without injury or death. The cause of death was misuse of the machine. Nowhere in the instructions on