For many, Ralph Nader is the quadrennial third-party/independent presidential candidate. For others, he’s the man who cost Al Gore the election in 2000 (or it was the Supreme Court, depending on what side you’re on). For decades before that, he was a consumer advocate who came on the scene with his 1965 book, Unsafe at Any Speed. The book chronicles the abysmal safety record of the U.S. auto industry and points out the defects in many cars, including the infamous Chevy Corvair.
Even though I handle product liability cases, I must admit that I have never read Nader’s book. It has been classified as one of the “top 100 pieces of journalism of the 20th century.” See Ralph Nader’s Wikipedia page here. Anyway, the book has been on my “to read” list for many years, so I guess there’s no better time than the present to start reading.
If you get a chance, pick up a copy and read it yourself. I would welcome your comments on the book. When I finish the book, I’ll post a review along with my thoughts as it applies to my experience handling product liability cases, including cases I had had against Ford, and Isuzu, among others. Stay tuned . . .