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A Closer Look (The Watchdog) #194771

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 06, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Washington: John Martin) Questions about the role of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the Firestone tire recall story examined; details given of government proposals for tires following problems in 1978 and the scrapping of the project during the Reagan administration. [In 1978, former Firestone executive John FLOBERG - denies tire defects.] [Former NHTSA administrator Joan CLAYBROOK - recalls her approach.] [Former NHTSA safety assurance director Michael BROWNLEE - cites the low staff numbers; says the system depends on manufacturer response.] [Senator Richard SHELBY - blames Firestone and Ford for the current problem.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) ABCNews Website's detailed description of the "blame game" in the tire recall noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John

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