ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 11, 1977
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(Studio) Consumer group, Center for Auto Safety, has sent letter to EPA, saying that Chrysler cars don't get anywhere near m.p.g. that EPA claims. Most drivers find this true of all cars.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Ann Arbor, Michigan) Details with regard to actual testing of car m.p.g., at Environmental Protection Agency test lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan, noted. [EPA spokesperson Eric STORK - says there's no way they can satisfy everyone. Cites factors involved in getting gas mile Says there's no way to tell with regard to m.p.g. of cars.] Even "Consumer Reports" mag., which runs own mile tests outside New Haven, Connecticut, concedes no test is perfect. [Consumer's Union spokesperson Bob KNOLL - notes Environmental Protection Agency tests are scientific, but it's basically how numbers used, and numbers used in ads are to sell cars. Says this is what turns people off.] (TV commercial shown.) Ford Motors spokesperson recently told "Wall Street Jnl." that they know EPA nos. aren't accurate, but are good for ads; General Motors Corporation man has made similar comment. Environmental Protection Agency doesn't plan to change method of testing, but may change nos. For now, numbers can be useful if used to compare cars and not as promise of performance.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs