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Auto Safety / Air Bag #210168

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 07, 1970
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(Studio) Transportation Secretary John Volpe wants optional auto safety devices like air bag required by 1973.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Cornell University, Ithaca, New York) Air bag best new safety proposal; bag inflates upon head-on impact. [Transportation Secretary John VOLPE - says bags may save 5,000 lives/yr.] [GM Project manager Robert McLEAN - describes system; accidental inflation problem considered.] Bag inflates and deflates within 1/2 second. [Cornell Aeronautical Lab Edwin KIDD - reports bag doesn't protect in rollover and side collisions.] [VOLPE - says working on improvements.]
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

(Studio) Non-bag-equipped 1972 cars must have improved seat belts.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Schakne, Robert

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