CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 14, 1978
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(Studio) Chrysler's introduction of Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon in January as only American-made front-wheel drive cars noted. "Motor Trend" magazine's naming them car of year stated. Report out now from Consumer's Union saying that models are unacceptable because of handling problems reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Details given of testing of both cars, which are nearly identical. One tester is Consumers Union auto test division chief Robert Knoll; his background with Union and with Chrysler given. Consumers Union film shown; test on Horizon's steering described. [KNOLL - reports outcome of tests on steering. Notes length of time Union has used test and that well-designed car won't react as Horizon did.] Chrysler test film, in which car stays on course, shown. [Chrysler Corporation spokesperson Christopher KENNEDY - says some samples of these models handle well, others don't. Refuses to discuss reasons for this, while rpting. that company has good idea why this is true.] Other disagreements between Consumers Union and Chrysler outlined. [KNOLL - says car does initial avoidance mvts. all right, but recovery is problem.] No. of recalls of Omnis and Horizons since coming on market in January reported; Consumers Union reaction to this stated. Statement of National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. official about possible government testing of cars noted.
REPORTER: Richard Roth
(Studio) Possible consequences of drop in Omni and Horizon sales to sales of larger Chrysler cars reported General Motors Corporation recall of 1977 and 1978 cars and trucks detailed.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
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