Business: Search for the Defectives

The biggest man hunt of 1968 is now under way. It is aimed at auto owners who have not yet responded to General Motors' early-September recall of 310,290 six-cylinder Chevrolets, Buicks, Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles.

The search began after two Chevrolets were sent to Consumers Union (of which Safety Crusader Ralph Nader is a director) for road testing. In both cars, the accelerator tended to stick, and this fact was duly reported to G.M. A similar complaint came from an ordinary Chevy owner.

On that basis, G.M. initiated an investigation. The trouble in all three cars was traced to defective steel clips, penny-sized and...

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