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Vehicle theft on the decline in Quebec: StatsCan Many vehicle owners are still negligent, Morin said, for instance by leaving the engine running and the doors opened throughout winter season while they leap in …
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“> See all stories on this subject Ralph Nader, still taking swings at automakers”criminal acts, ‘inducted into Automotive Hall of Popularity DETROIT– Some of the defenses the automobile market has actually had against executing greater car safety “bordered on terrible hilarity,” Ralph Nader stated Thursday as he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. “When Volvo put three-point seat belts in the 1960s, and I had the automobile business here state three-point seatbelts would be very bad for internal injuries in abrupt deceleration, I asked to demonstrate the difference in between the anatomy of the American people and the Swedish individuals,” Nader said in accepting the honor. “In some way (the seat belts) worked quite well for them.” Nader’s induction at an event in Detroit came after years of being a thorn in automakers’ sides, but with wide-reaching results such as the addition of seat belts to vehicles and the production of the National Highway Traffic Security Administration. He was joined by Alan Mulally, former Ford Motor Co. CEO; Roy C. Lunn, an engineer with a hand in several historically important cars such as the Ford GT40; and by Bertha Benz (1849-1944), the late other half and company partner of automobile innovator Carl Benz (1844-1929). Nader told the audience Thursday that sometimes he approached basic security issues in the market with a type of naive wonder. He said that at one point, the head of safety at an automaker would advise parents anticipating a sudden accident to purchase their kids to put their hands on the automobile’s dash panel to brace themselves. “Apparently not knowing that you might be the most powerful fighter worldwide, and still not brace yourself against a 15-mile-an-hour accident,” Nader said. Paradoxically, seat belts had already been used in World War I to keep American pilots in their fighter planes, he stated. And the cushioned dashboard was utilized in ancient Roman chariots. “That’s a lot of lead time for the auto companies,” he said. If those look like evident developments now, when Nader was a young Harvard Law School graduate going toe-to-toe with the …
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