ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 15, 1984
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(Studio) Justice Department's effort to force General Motors recall of X-cars due to safety defects noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(NYC) Issue of X-car safety examined; extensive injuries to Vivian Sprynczynatyk from accident in Chevrolet Citation cited as example [Vivian SPRYNCZYNATYK - describes her current condition.] [Rod SPRYNCZYNATYK - explains brake lockup on Citation.] Basis of government suit against General Motors explained; autos affected listed on screen. Govt. test film of X-car brake defect demonstration shown. [GM vice president Robert STEMPEL - explains low number cars recalled.] Drivers' accts. of rear brake lockups quoted. ["Car and Driver" magazine test driver Don SHERMAN - recalls test results.] General Motors Corporation former president Elliott Estes, in December 1978 company meeting, noted acknowledging brake problems as X-car priority. [Consumer advocate Clarence DITLOW - notes GM's concern at that time; discusses GM's product of car despite known defect.] No. complaints recd. by government regarding 1980 X-cars' brakes outlined on screen, discussed. GM's 2nd recall of X-cars in 1983 recalled; government's push for total recall noted. [STEMPEL - defends. company's actions.] [Vivian SPRYNCZYNATYK - comments on her ordeal.] Amt. jury awarded Sprynczynatyk and GM's motion for new trial mentioned. Concern that defect in 1980 X-cars also pose danger in later models not covered by government lawsuit cited.
REPORTER: Peter Lance
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