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Auto Safety / Air Bags #41557

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 06, 1976
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(Studio) Transportation Secretary William Coleman today announces postponement on decision with regard to air bags as safety devices in autos. Ins. industry has favored airbags; auto industry says bags are costly addition public doesn't want.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Coleman calls for further tests with regard to bags and cites advantages. [COLEMAN - cites probable reductions in deaths and serious injury.] Coleman's proposal with regard to limited availability of bags noted; General Motors Corporation cost for bags noted, but Coleman says cost will be less when bags mass produced. (Excerpts from 1969 Eaton Corporation film shown.) Other details of Coleman's proposal noted. Ins. Institute for Highway Safety says Coleman should make passive restraints mandatory; reactions on GM, Ford Motors and Chrysler Corporation noted.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) In DC, Center for Auto Safety says it will take Coleman to court in January if he doesn't take tougher action with regard to matter.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Bergman, Jules;
Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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