ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 10, 1978
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(Studio) Environmental Protection Agency explanation on recall of AMC cars, mostly from 1976 model year, due to emissions of nitrogen oxide reported.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(Kenosha, WI) Environmental Protection Agency reasons for ordering recall noted. [EPA assistant administration Marvin DURNING - says Environmental Protection Agency discovered defect, called it to AMC's attention, believes AMC already knew of it and that AMC hasn't been forthcoming in remedying situation until Environmental Protection Agency ordered recall.] AMC refusal to comment on chgs. reported Extent of recall, even to vehicles used by United States Postal Service, and potential financial effect on AMC outlined. AMC's Kenosha, WI, plant mentioned.
REPORTER: Richard Mayk
(DC) No. of recalls in 1977 and number for environmental reasons since 1972 listed. [EPA deputy administration Barbara BLUM - thinks this marks dismal showing by auto makers. Says Environmental Protection Agency will continue to recall cars as long as they continue to threaten public health through pollution.] Consumer groups' predictions re: no. of safety problem recalls for 1978 `noted. [Center for Auto Safety spokesperson Clarence DITLOW - notes testing of General Motors Corporation and Ford Motors cars. Predicts recalls of Volkswagen Rabbits and Firestone steel-belted radial tires. Says auto industry has always made bad cars, but government is catching up with them.]
REPORTER: Roger Peterson