1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu crash test is a very dramatic way to show how much we owe to science and hard working engineers.
We should also not forget the great work of Ralph Nader who is directly responsible for much of the political pressure required to pass legislation during the 1960s. His work pushed congress to mandate a series of safety features for automobiles, beginning with safety belts and stronger windshields and has grown to include passenger and pedestrian airbags, crumple-zones and real-time Onstar cellular based support.
Without his consumer advocacy back a half century ago, we may not already have many of the wonderful advances in transportation safety we enjoy today.
We owe a lot to Ralph and the brillant engineers and scientists, true heroes who together changed an industry and saved millions of lives.