CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 13, 1978
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(Studio) Ford Motors' recall of Pinto and Mercury Bobcat models due to government complaints about fuel tanks mentioned; number of deaths and lawsuits connected to crashes involving Pintos reported Elkhart, IN, grand jury indictment of Ford on criminal chgs. in connection with fatal Pinto crash noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Elkhart,IN) Details about Pinto crash in IN, in which 3 teenagers were killed, given. Photos shown. Grand jury probe noted. [Auto design consultant Byron BLOCH - says Pinto fuel tank is located close to flimsy rear bumper.] Jury's concls. outlined; is reported to be 1st criminal indictment against Ford, though company has lost civil suits in Pinto cases. [Cnty. prosecutor Michael COSENTINO - says Pinto design was faulty and that Ford knew of this and did nothing about it.] Ford response to indictment reported.
REPORTER: Bob Faw
(Studio) American Bar Association spokesperson's statement about criminal indictment against Ford Motors given. Impt. of Pinto in Ford's future and increase in share of market, despite problems, reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Detroit, Michigan) Ford's efforts to advertise newer, safer fuel tank in Pintos and to give salesmen incentives to sell Pintos detailed. [Car dealer John COOK - reports Pinto sales for July.] television commercial shown. Phillip and Renona Light's purchase of 1978 Pinto noted. [LIGHT - doesn't think they'd sell him car he'd be killed in. ] [Ford general sales manager Bernie CRUMPTON - comments on increase in Pinto sales.] Company's preview of 1979 models mentioned; its' need to sell economy cars in order to offset big car sales and make overall company m.p.g. standard now required by fed. law stated.
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser
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