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Auto Industry / Ford Cars and Fuel Tank Dangers #54368

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 20, 1978
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(Studio) National Association of Attys. General's call on government to test all compact and sub- compact cars that have fuel tanks behind rear axle, in statement from Saint Paul, Minnesota, reported Recall of Ford Pintos for fuel tank repairs noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(No location given) 1967 Ford Motors crash tests performed at University of California at Los Angeles to investigate whiplash injuries noted; films shown. UCLA's secret testing of Ford Motors' fuel tanks and findings that tanks failed in each test reported Rpting. team's analysis of Ford Motors' own secret crash tests on models manufactured between mid-1960's and early 1970's stated; findings reported Pass/fail records of various models in tests listed and details given. [Auto safety expert Byron BLOCH - cites details of Ford's own tests showing dangers in fuel tanks of company's cars. Says company knew what situation was.] [Ford Motors Vice President Herbert MISCH - says time period under discussion was experimental time and there were no levels of acceptance, no standard tests, no Society of Automotive Engs. recommended practice in field.] Is stated that tests being performed at time were on cars that had already been sold.
REPORTER: Sylvia Chase

(Studio) Upcoming full report on fuel tank controversy on June edition of "20/20" news magazine show noted; show time given.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Chase, Sylvia;
Reasoner, Harry

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