Donald Trump Said Japanese Drop Bowling Balls Onto Cars From 20 Feet In The Air

Type: Spreads IgnoranceMar 14 2018 Severity:
Targeted: JapaneseAbout: Japan & Automotive Industry
Donald Trump nonsensically claimed that the Japanese drop bowling balls onto cars from twenty feet in the air in order to test their hoods for durability and that even a minor dent will make it so the car "doesn't qualify" (for something.) There is and never has been a "bowling ball test" that Japanese car makers conduct and Trump's spokesperson later walked back the claim by saying that Trump was simply joking.

Main Source: politifact.com

Quote | The "bowling ball test" is nonexistent and has never been conducted before.

"It's called the bowling ball test. Do you know what that is?" Trump said, according to a recording obtained by the Washington Post. "That's where they [Japan] take a bowling ball from 20 feet up in the air, and they drop it on the hood of the car. And if the hood dents, then the car doesn't qualify. Well, guess what, the roof dented a little bit, and they said, nope, this car doesn't qualify. It's horrible, the way we're treated. It's horrible."

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