Friday, February 10, 2017
[1960 - USS Sargo (SSN-583) surfaces at the North Pole]
[1966 - Ralph Nader testifies to Senate on US auto industry social irresponsibility]
More than four decades ago, a youthful Ralph Nader appeared before Congress to expose the shameful safety practices of the Detroit auto makers. Now that Mr. Nader has become an old curmudgeon, and a perennially unsuccessful candidate for high office, the Detroit auto makers have finally listened to his message. Having resisted most safety advances in the intervening years, it was only government regulation, consumer oversight, and some expensive lawsuit losses (plus some healthy competition from the more responsible foreign manufacturers) that made the US-produced cars now on our highway more protective of human life. Detroit built safer cars only when they had no other sensible choice.
More recently, numerous recalls by auto makers of every stripe have revealed that known defects that were causing death and serious injury to motorists (including some related to defective safety equipment) were actively concealed from regulators and the public for years by corporate officers, who apparently treated the loss and damage of human life as just another cost of doing business. If corporations are indeed persons, it is high time that the criminals among them were sent to prison for taking human life in the interest of bottom line performance and financial gain.
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