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United States Auto Industry #63837

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 31, 1980
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(Studio) New car sales and failing new car dealerships in 1980 noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Problem faced by Ford Motor Company due to defective automatic transmissions recalled; solution announced. Details outlined on screen, discussed. [Ford attorney William COLEMAN - denies any defect.] Possible financial factors influencing government's decision to back down noted.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(DC) Results of National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.'s crash tests of Chrysler and Ford compacts examined; films shown. Similar tests on Japanese autos earlier in year recalled; Chevrolet Citation, Plymouth Horizon and Ford Mustang said passing tests. Probable reaction by Ford and Chrysler to today's test results mentioned.
REPORTER: Joe Templeton

Gregory, Bettina;
Reynolds, Frank;
Templeton, Joe

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