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Center for Auto Safety

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Center for Auto Safety

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An automobile safety advocacy group founded in 1970 by Unsafe at Any Speed author Ralph Nader and Consumers Union (publishers of Consumer Reports).


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Center for Auto Safety page on 16 May 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) was founded in 1970 by Consumers Union and Ralph Nader as a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group focused on the United States automotive industry.

CAS counts numerous far-reaching efforts among its successes:

"Lemon laws" enacted in all 50 states
State laws requiring auto manufacturers to disclose "hidden" warranties to consumers
The Firestone tire recall
The Ford Pinto recall due to its dangerous gas tank design
Exposure of a potentially lethal gas tank design in General Motors pickup trucks
Improved U.S. highway safety standards administered by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)


21 October 2015
15-55084 The Center for Auto Safety v. Chrysler Group
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
The Center for Auto Safety appeals the district court's denial of its motion to intervene and motion to unseal the record in a diversity putative class action brought against Chrysler Group, LLC, concerning the failure of an electronic control unit.
Download 15-55084 The Center for Auto Safety v. Chrysler Group - 287KB - 27:48

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24 July 2012Denial of Motor Vehicle Defect Petition and Petition for a HearingDavid Strickland

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