Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed Launches a Consumer Movement (Great Events from History II: Business and Commerce Series)
Article abstract: Ralph Nader’s publication Unsafe at Any Speed led to the passage of federal automotive safety regulations and began the U.S. consumer rights movement.
Summary of Event
Ralph Nader’s 1965 publication Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-in Dangers of the American Automobile posited a connection between the number of automobiles manufactured with mechanical or design defects between the years 1955 and 1965 and an increased number of vehicular accidents. This publication led to a greater public awareness of deficiencies in the manufacturing safety and design regulations of the United States automotive industry. The information provided by Nader was supplemented by testimony given during congressional automobile safety hearings which were promoted by Nader’s revelations. Data gathering and debate led to drafting of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Highway Safety Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966. These acts federally regulated the design of motor vehicles and marked the beginning of the United States consumer movement.
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