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Auto Industries / Sales Drop / New Safety Equipment #52593

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 13, 1978
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(Studio) Report on decrease in new car sales.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(No location given) Day supply of cars now on hand in nation, and explanation of term, given. Partial blame for low sales on snow noted, but is also noted that car sales have been low since mid-1977. [Mkt. analyst Ron GLANTZ - cites cost of cars and trucks and consumers' decisions to spend money on other things and keep same vehicles as reason for lower sales figs.] Auto. industry predictions of 1978 as good sales year and Glantz' disagreement noted. Ind. concerns with regard to layoffs due to sales drop and re: costs of new anti-pollution and safety equipment cited.
REPORTER: Bob Brown (WXYZ newstape)

(Warren, Michigan) Report on Detroit display of new safety devices under consideration. GM's display of 18 types of automatic seat belts noted; federal law requirement for passive restraints in form of belts or air bags by 1984 cited. Film shown. [GM safety engineer David MARTIN - discusses cost of automatic belts and whether or not offering these will kill air bags.]
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

Bergman, Jules;
Brown, Bob;
Walters, Barbara

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