ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 14, 1971
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(Studio) Transportation Department postpones, until 1974, federal regulation requiring standard car bumper heights; lowers from 5 MPH to 2 1/2 MPH, speed at which rear bumpers will protect cars by 1973.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Gaithersburg, MD) 1973 cars must withstand 5 MPH front end crashes with little or no damage. 1974 standard bumper height requirement may require drastic design changes in some cars. New bumpers to cost $50 per car more; promise lower insurance, repair costs.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
(DC) Film shows demonstration of spreading device, designed to free persons trapped in car wrecks; device to be ready for use this summer.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer
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