THE ARTICLE by Walter Adams and James W. Brock ("Big Three stranglehold," Other Voices, Sept. 3) is hypocrisy of the highest order.
These long-time and knowledgeable observers of the automobile industry are well aware that no manufacturer has ever been successful in dictating to the customer, and that, in the final analysis, only those manufacturers who have responded to the customers' changing tastes have been successful. The first Henry Ford, the most successful by far of the original 2,000 or so automobile manufacturers, lost his position of leadership in the industry by attempting to limit customer choice to one body style painted in one color -- a hard-earned lesson that no one in the industry will ever overlook.
Contrary to the views expressed in the article, American manufacturers have always offered customers a wide variety of choices, including smaller cars. Customers generally have favored the larger cars -- cars which are inherently safer than the smaller vehicles. The reduced size and weight of the smaller cars make them more fuel-efficient, but at the cost of some degree of protection for the passengers which cannot be offset by any other means, including air bags.