CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 08, 1980
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(Studio) Ford Motor Company recalled acquitted in March of reckless homicide chgs. involving its Pinto model; case said pushing consumer concern over prod. safety. Lack of any agency overseeing safety regulations for tractors noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Winchester, Illinois) Death of Charles Kraus and severe injury of Junior Austindorf from tractor fires detailed; photos shown. [AUSTINDORF - recalls wanting death.] Survey results, with regard to number of burns and maimings while operating specific model of International Harvester tractor, reported Criticism of tractor design detailed; films shown. [Dr. Don. CREIGHTON - comments on tractor's hazardousness.] International Harvester's denial of tractors defects reported; company's internal memos, acknowledging problem with tractor, examined, quoted in part on screen. Company's reasons for ignoring problem outlined. [Consulting engineer Wayne WORTHINGTON - recalls conversation with company spokesperson] No. of documented cases noted; photos shown. Allegations of company cover-up detailed; attorney Philip Corboyle quoted. [Attorney Bruce COOKE - says company concealed documents from him,] [International Harvester spokesperson Bill BORGHOFF - defs. company] Company's denial of cover-up noted. [BORGHOFF - comments.] Amt. awarded plaintiffs last year noted; case of Steve Gaugus cited as example Harvester said having no plans to recall tractors in question.
REPORTER: Bob Faw