CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 25, 1974
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(Studio) Senate Commerce Committee holds hearings on auto safety hazards such as unsafe fuel tanks.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) [Ins. Institution for Highway Safety Dr. William HADDON JR. - reports cars tested spewed gasoline on rear end impact.] Rear end crashes produce fire bomb conditions because almost all gas tanks located at extreme rear of car. Many fatalities and serious injuries could be avoided if auto industry made 4 basic changes in fuel tank. Toyota and Mercedes already perfect changes that American auto industry resists. [Ford safety division Robert FREDERICKS - insists time needed to perfect new system.] CBS learns Ford has been crash testing 20 years; details given. Ford concludes design change not worth money.
REPORTER: Chris Kelley
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