ARLINGTON, Va. (Sept. 25, 2001)—Ralph W. Hoar, 56, founder of the transportation safety advocacy Web site Safetyforum.com, died Sept. 21 at Virginia Hospital Center. He had prostate cancer.
Mr. Hoar founded his product safety research firm, Ralph Hoar & Associates, in 1989. It became a nationally known information resource for safety advocates and plaintiffs' attorneys.
In 1996, he founded Safetyforum.com, through which he became a leader in the call for expanded investigations of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and Ford Motor Co. during last year's 6.5-million-tire recall.