DETROIT (June 24, 2016) — The classic 1965 book “Unsafe at Any Speed” by Ralph Nader wasn't just about the Corvair. Only one of the book's eight chapters dealt with the compact, rear-engined Chevrolet.
Mr. Nader railed against many of the dangerous traits of automobiles — including the confusing array of shifters and shift patterns for automatic transmissions.
In light of the death early June 19 of 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin, best known for portraying Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek movie franchise, perhaps another look at Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 102 is warranted.
After Mr. Nader's book and 1966 testimony before Congress, the government created the agency that became the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).