Autos: Recalling Six Years

For 14 months, a Senate subcommittee chaired by Connecticut Democrat Abraham Ribicoff has studied the problem of auto safety, and has plainly moved toward legislation that would impose federal safety standards on Detroit. Weeks ago, Ribicoff demanded of the automakers that they produce a list, covering the last six years, of all cars that they have asked dealers to call back to the shop for repair of defective parts.

Last week the list came through. Since the 1960 model-year, there have been 426 recalls—or, as the industry prefers to call them, "campaigns." Of these, Ford had 184, involving 2,100,000...

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