Friday, October 02, 2015

American Museum of Tort Law (the "Ralph Nader" Museum) Opens in Connecticut

Check out the September 28, 2015 article in The New Yorker on Ralph Nader's Tort Museum.

Last month, the American Museum of Tort Law opened in Winsted, Connecticut.

The museum is the idea of the famous American consumer advocate and lawyer Ralph Nader who comes from Winsted:
"Nader’s consumer-protection advocacy is the lifeblood of the museum. In the center of the museum sits a cherry-red Chevrolet Corvair, the car Nader disgraced in his 1965 book 'Unsafe at Any Speed'."(...)

"In an unfortunate irony for the museum, its building is located directly across the street from the local ambulance service and its fleet of ambulances. But during the opening, a group of E.M.T.s walked across the street with a copy of their training textbook for Mr. Nader to sign. 'Why does a car door not fly open in a crash?' one paragraph begins. 'The answer is the Nader pin (named for Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate who lobbied for the device), a case-hardened pin in an automobile door. In a collision, the cams in the door locks grasp the pin to keep the door from flying open, preventing occupants from being thrown from the vehicle. All cars sold in the United States since 1966 have the Nader pin.' He signed his name next to this paragraph and requested a copy for the museum."

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 9:04 pm


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