181 Conspiracy: Part 2
On july 13 1973 Ralph Nader, an advisor of a US Senate subcommittee on car safety, wrote a raport to ban further importation and sale of the vw Thing because it does not comply with federal safety standards for passengers cars.
A Car Safety group, represented by Lowell Dodge, gave its Annual Automotive Engeneering Malpractice Award to Volkswagen of America. They considered the car unsafe. Dodge: "The center's criticism of the Thing is not based on tests, but on common sense". A VW employee asked that: "the award be recalled because several of the people handling it got splinters". Great remark, in my opinion!
Other cars, approved under the same designation as multi-purpose and which had the same safety-standards requirements as the Thing, were no problem for the US Government. Offcourse, these cars were all made in the US.
Soon more details: the answer from VW to Ralph Nader