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Ralph Nader, circa. Photograph by Dion Ogust. The tragedy of the Corvair did not begin that thirtieth day of September in when it went on display in. Unsafe at Any Speed, investigative report on U.S. automobile safety published in by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who was then a year-old. Unsafe At Any Speed [Ralph Nader] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Ralph Nader's classic book that tanked the Corviar. Published in.


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The book set out to show how automakers had valued style over safety—particularly in cars like the Chevrolet Corvair—thereby putting consumers at risk.

Abraham Ribicoff told Nader.

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The new laws addressed a wide range of problems from safety codes and vehicle inspection to highway design and driver education. The case was settled out of court, but other similar cases followed.

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In fact, by about lawsuits had been filed against GM in connection with claims regarding its Corvair. Many of these were also settled out of court, but GM won several judgments in cases that actually went to trial.

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Nader also noted problems with other automobiles such as the Buick Roadmaster and the Ford Mustang. He described features such as steering wheels whose design could easily impale a driver in a crash, poor exhaust systems, and the unnecessary pollution produced by badly engineered cars.

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Ironically, the driving public, whose outrage Nader had hoped to ignite with his detailed assault on Detroit, took little notice of the book until GM began to act to mitigate the potentially damaging consequences of the work.

Nader makes an appeal to the auto industry to standardize gearshift patterns between makes and models as a safety issue.

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Early automatic transmissions, including GM's Hydra-MaticUnsafe at any speed ralph nader Ultramaticand Borg Warner 's automatic used by a number of independent manufacturers RamblerStudebaker used a pattern of "P N D L R", which put Reverse at the bottom of the quadrant, next to Low which was contrary to the pattern used by other manufacturers.

Drivers used to moving the shift lever all the way down for "low gear" would accidentally select "R" and would unexpectedly move the car backwards.

In addition, other manufacturers, such as Chrysler, used a push-button selector to choose gear ranges. Eventually this pattern became the standard for all automatic-shift cars.

Chevrolet's Powerglideat least as seen on the Corvair, used a "R N D L" pattern, which separated the Reverse from the Drive gears by neutral in the ideal way, but which had no "P" selection, unsafe at any speed ralph nader instead on the process used with a manual transmission of the driver selecting N neutral and using a separate parking brake when parking.

Chapter 2 also exposes problems in workmanship and the failure of companies to honor warranties.

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Nader says that much knowledge was available to designers by the early s but it was largely ignored within the American automotive industry.

There are in-depth discussions about the steering assemblyinstrument panelwindshieldpassenger restraintand the passenger compartment which included everything from door strength to roll-over bars. Due to this, the unsafe at any speed ralph nader Nader bolt " was installed to reinforce the door and suicide doors were discontinued because of a lack of door strength.

This compared to an average expenditure in safety by the automotive companies of about twenty-three cents per car.