CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 30, 1977
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(Studio) Transportation Secretary Brock Adams orders all new cars eventually be equipped with air bags or other passive restraint methods.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) (Allstate Ins. Company and Volkswagen films shown.) Air bags are best known methods, but automatic seat belts, now on some Volkswagens, also meet requirements. Program will be phased in, beginning in 1982, and all to be equipped by 1984. [ADAMS - notes deaths due to lack of passive restraints.] Schedule begins with larger cars and graduates to smallest by 1984. [Ralph NADER - says people buying smaller cars for fuel efficiency or because of prices don't get protection as soon as rich or those able to get big cars. Says should have been mandatory system for all cars by 1981.] Reaction of Chrysler, General Motors Corporation and Ford Motors noted. By afternoon, Congress resolution to upset Adams' ruling had been introduced.
REPORTER: Nelson Benton
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