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Product Details

  • Series: Book Club Edition
  • Hardcover: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Grossman (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006BMWYU
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Milton Bertin Jones on June 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a Traffic Safety Specialist, this book is a MUST, this old book needs to be mandatory reading for any person interested in Road Safety, Ralph documented the resistance of car companies to the introduction of safety features, like safety belts, that looks timely today, for example with the lobby that produce a delay in the mandatory fitting of air bags. Also you will learn how the primitive road safety components, still used in USA, called the three E's (Engineering, Enforcement, Education ) was born as a device to direct the efforts to the community away from the real problems of safety of the vehicles, some of the that was sell with tires that don't resist the weight of the fully loaded vehicle !.

Finally you can understand the lacking level of road safety in US versus European countries that have in service safety policies that will reduce the absolute number of killed by 30% over 5 years.

This book is the necessary building stone to the effort to make car manufacturers accountable for the safety level of his products.

I can't understand why some publisher is not doing a new edition of it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Milton Bertin Jones on June 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a Traffic Safety Specialist, this book is a MUST, this old book needs to be mandatory reading for any person interested in Road Safety, Ralph documented the resistance of car companies to the introduction of safety features, like safety belts, that looks timely today, for example with the lobby that produce a delay in the mandatory fitting of air bags. Also you will learn how the primitive road safety components, still used in USA, called the three E's (Engineering, Enforcement, Education ) was born as a device to direct the efforts to the community away from the real problems of safety of the vehicles, some of the that was sell with tires that don't resist the weight of the fully loaded vehicle !.

Finally you can understand the lacking level of road safety in US versus European countries that have in service safety policies that will reduce the absolute number of killed by 30% over 5 years.

This book is the necessary building stone to the effort to make car manufacturers accountable for the safety level of his products.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mianfei on October 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Listed by Human Events as a "(dis)honorable mention" the "Most Harmful Books of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries", Ralph Nader's "Unsafe at Any Speed" remains the most famous work of one of the major social critics in the US during the last half of the twentieth century.

The book was a result of Nader's examination of problems associated with the Chevrolet Corvair, a unique rear-engined "compact" (actually large) car whose layout led to severe problems with steering, tyre pressures and stability on the road. This resulted in many accidents that Nader shows could have been avoided with a better-designed car.

The remainder of "Unsafe At Any Speed" deals with the history of road safety and showed in great detail how car companies, concerned only with sales, will always do very little to make their cars safer. Instead, Nader shows, the focus has been on styling without any consideration of the possibilities that styling which would appeal to many consumers will be necessarily very dangerous in the event of an accident. He shows especially how this method of design made steering columns and instrument panels dangerous.

The problem with "Unsafe at Any Speed" is that whilst its findings have had some success in reducing the rate of traffic accidents, there is clear evidence that the success has been largely if not completely overturned by changes in either driving habits or methods of transportation that serve to increase the number of road accidents per year. Driver error as a cause of accidents is clearly of much greater importance than Nader would have wished.
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Very interesting read.....especially for anyone that might still believe that auto manufacturers have the public's safety as a priority. It is far more in depth on autos other than the Corvair and the dangerous blunders done by the big 3.
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