ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 03, 1976
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(Studio) Department of Trans. begins final round of public hearings on required air bags for autos.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Reporter describes use of air bags in autos. (Film of test shown.) Views of auto. insurance companies and mfrs. noted. Trans. Secretary William T. Coleman hears testimony again from both sides. [President American Ins. Assoc. T. Lawrence JONES - says passive restraint system best alternate to reverse national accident toll.] [Chrysler Motors Vice President S.L. TERRY - says safety belts can save more lives for less cost.] [Consumer advocate Ralph NADER - says ctr. of controversy is whether Coleman will stand up to motor companies before November elections.] Sec. Coleman to rule after January 1; if he decides in favor of air bags, it's estimated they can't go into public use before 1981.
REPORTER: Bill Matney
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