NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 20, 1973
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(Studio) Ford, GM, and Chrysler to ask government for price increases on new cars in September Price increases caused by new safety devices.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Detroit, Michigan) All 1974 cars must include safety device to prevent car starting without seat belt and shoulder harness fastened. Sensing device disconnects ignition when driver sits down. Sensor in seat belt buckle reconnects ignition. [GM spokesperson Edward ROWLAND - says people to be forced to wear seatbelts.] [Chrysler spokesperson Roy HAEUSLER - states Chrysler worried about public reaction to forced wearing of seat belts. Hopes the worry is needless.] Auto companies install small computer in 1974 cars to make sure everything is buckled and strapped before car starts.
REPORTER: Lou Davis
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