Autos: Truce and Progress

A prolonged dispute between the Government and private industry came to a truce of sorts last week, when the new National Traffic Safety Agency issued its first set of federal automobile-safety standards. Acting Under Secretary of Commerce (for transportation) Lowell K. Bridwell described the 95 pages of rules and specifications as "reasonable, practicable and appropriate." The auto manufacturers, responding with a discreet public silence and a private sense of relief, seemed to agree.

The new standards, which will affect 1968 model cars, were developed from a preliminary list of 23 safety requirements...

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