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Adams / Air Bag Order #49317

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 30, 1977
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(Studio) Transport. Secretary Brock Adams orders installation of air bags or automatic seat belts in all new cars sold in American beginning with 1982 large car models. Will be required in all cars by 1984. Order is end of long battle between auto companies and insurance companies and consumer groups.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) (Transportation Department film shown.) Decision will affect domestic and imported cars. Big question with regard to why smallest cars are last to be required to install such restraints. [ADAMS - says technology in progress for small cars doesn't lend itself well to air bags, but attempts will be made to get small cars into program before 1984 deadline.] Automatic seatbelt has been pioneered by Volkswagen and is in luxury model Rabbit. Congress has final say on order, but Adams says he believes Congress will approve.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

Reporter(s):
Bergman, Jules;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:02:50

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