FIAT Argentina removes handbook seen as misogynistic

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FIAT Argentina is removing from circulation one of the handbooks it handed out with its cars following criticism by women's groups that it is sexist.

The local representative of the Italian automaker said Thursday it regrets the handbook had that effect and that it never meant to be disrespectful.

Under the "co-pilot" section, the booklet advised: "if a lady's skirt is too short, we recommend that she travel in the backseat to keep our concentration." It also says that "if the skirt is not that short but you tend to have a wandering hand, she should also travel behind."

Another section says that any woman who aspires to become a co-pilot "must at least have nice legs."