Autos: It Also Depends on the Driver

General Motors' sales have been badly hurt by the furor over auto safety. The special target of Author Ralph Nader (Unsafe at Any Speed) and other industry critics has been G.M.'s sporty little rear-engine Corvair. The 1960-63 models of the car had an axle design that was criticized for causing the rear wheels to "tuck under," thereby enhancing the possibility of rolls and skids. Partly due to such publicity, Corvair sales so far this year have been half those for the same period in 1965.

G.M. has been the defendant in no fewer than 130 lawsuits charging that negligent design...

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