Autos: Blow-By Blow

Four months ago, as part of his crusade against smog, Abe Ribicoff, the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, served the auto industry with a blunt ultimatum: unless the auto manufacturers agreed to install blow-by* anti-pollution devices on all 1964 models voluntarily, the Administration would ask Congress to compel them to do so. Last week the automakers went Ribicoff one better, decided to make blow-by devices standard equipment on all their 1963 cars and light trucks.

Blow-by devices fight smog by piping the smog-making gases that collect in the crankcase back through...

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