Malcolm Gladwell, celebrated author of The Tipping Point and other best-sellers, weighs in on traffic safety in the May 4 New Yorker. His conclusion: An obsession with defects in vehicles undermines efforts to address far more significant causes of highway fatalities.
In "The Engineer's Lament," Gladwell writes that "the variables that really matter have to do with the driver, not the car."
He adds: "The public approach to auto safety is preoccupied with what might go wrong mechanically with the vehicles we drive. But the chief factor is not what we drive; it is how we drive."