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Auto Safety #90716

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 11, 1984
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(Studio) Annual death toll from auto accidents in United States mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Trans. Secretary Elizabeth Dole's announcement of administration's conditional requirement for automatic seat belts and/or air bags in new cars reported; details outlined on screen. [DOLE - notes states with mandatory seat belt laws have had obvious results.] [Ralph NADER - criticizes President Reagan's approach to problem; supports mandatory air bags.] [Ford vice president Helen PETRAUSKAS, auto industry analyst Arvid JOUPPI - anticipate state action on mandatory seat belts.] Mercedes-Benz said only auto maker offering air bags as option; details given. New York mentioned only state with mandatory seat belt law.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) [DOLE - explains her decision; discusses public reaction to seat belts, air bags; notes British and Australian experiences with mandatory seat belt laws; Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher mentioned.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Gregory, Bettina;
Jennings, Peter

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