After acknowledging its deadly defect, the Seattle-based aircraft giant is reducing production of its 737 Max 8s by 20 percent while it corrects nosedive-inducing safety software. Legendary consumer activist Ralph Nader, whose grandniece perished aboard the Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 that crashed March 10, is suing and urging a boycott, despite Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg apologizing Friday for 360 deaths from that crash and an Indonesian accident five months earlier.

How can such failures be prevented? The Federal Aviation Administration has long been criticized for allowing airplane manufacturers to self-regulate, so expect Congress to demand tighter scrutiny.

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