By Dixon Hayes
JACKSONVILLE, AL (WBRC) - Ralph Nader says cars are much safer now than they were 40 years ago...but Toyota's problems were caused at least partly by arrogance.
Nader's comments to reporters came before he was scheduled to speak at Jacksonville State University Monday. In the case of the reports of sudden acceleration of Toyota vehicles, Nader said the Japanese automaker was once the "gold standard" for safety and quality, and that led to "arrogance." He also blamed the problems on a change in top management, and issues with computers that do more work inside modern cars.
The longtime consumer advocate wrote the book "Unsafe at Any Speed" in 1965, criticizing the Chevrolet Corvair and other cars from the era. His book is credited with the creation of federal auto safety standards.
In his news conference, the four-time third-party presidential candidate spoke on a wide range of issues: