The Auto Industry
In the 1960s, the auto industry focused on making safer vehicles that could meet the needs of the modern consumer according to Bryant University. In 1964, Studebaker-Packard was the first company to introduce seat belts as standard equipment on all of its vehicles. In addition to safety, car buyers of this era expected vehicles to be powerful and spacious, and fuel economy was not a major concern.
This graph shows the number of accidents, injuries, and fatality in the United States from 1948 through 2012. From the years 1964 through 1974 the rates increased dramatically. During this time, the auto industry was emphasizing safe- style over safety for the sake of profit.
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Nader in Action
Nader testify before the senate which set motion in Congressional action on auto safety, and in September 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety ACt. This law created the National Highway Traffic for automobiles and is authorized to impose recalls for unsafe vehicles. In 1967, in a throwback to Upton Sinclair, Nader also initiated a campaign that led to the passage of 1967 Wholesome Meat Act, which imposed standard on slaughterhouses. However, in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan disclaimed many of the government regulations that Nader helped establish. Even though this set Nader back, he continued his crusades to lower car- insurance rates in California, expose the dangers of chlorofluorocarbons on the ozone layer and prevent limitations on consumer lawsuit rewards.
Nader's Work Ethic
Ralph Nader's notion of "ideas of emotion" both reflected and reinforces personal tendencies, making him a " self- styled ascetic workaholic." Nader has created many organizations that have shaped our economy and society.
Overall, Ralph Nader has played many leadership roles in making our world better. Not only has Ralph Nader saved countless lives, he has helped drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments for more than four decades.