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Auto Safety / Repair Costs #457671

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 13, 1971
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(Studio) Henry Ford II says safety, pollution improvements, labor costs could make cars $1,000 more expensive by 1975: fears American auto industry's inability to compete with foreign mfrs.

(Detroit, Michigan) General Motors Corporation working on solution to high auto repair costs resulting from collisions. [GM spokesperson Louis LUNDSTROM - explains energy absorbing bumper.] [Ford Motor Company spokesperson Howard MacDONALD - says several energy absorbing devices would work equally as well.] New bumpers on 1973 cars.
REPORTER: Steve Delaney

(Studio) Some experimentation with making objects cars might bump into safer.

(Los Angeles, California) Rubber, fiber glass and water barriers substituted for concrete. [Highway Department engineer Bob DRIVER - explains water barrier.] Water barriers safer, cheaper than concrete.
REPORTER: Jack Perkins

(Studio) National Transportation Safety Bd. reports 59,220 killed in United States travel accidents last year

Delaney, Steve;
McGee, Frank;
Perkins, Jack

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