Automobile Design and the Judicial Process

Ralph Nader, Joseph A. Page
1967 California Law Review  
N RECENT YxAS courts have developed doctrines and attitudes which have greatly enlarged the liability of manufacturers, sellers and distributors.' Caveat emptor is dead. The new watchword is that the cost of the product should bear the blood of the consumer. 2 However, this trend has not extended to automobile manufacturers' liability for unsafe design of passenger cars. While a number of suits involving unsafe design have been settled, 3 plaintiffs have had little luck on the trial court
more » ... e trial court level. 4 On appeals, plaintiffs are batting zero. The appellate courts have
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