Autos: The Price of Safety

Twenty doctors wearing sandwich-board signs over their well-dressed frames picketed last week outside Manhattan's Coliseum. The occasion was the Ninth Annual International Auto Show, and the doctors were doing their bit to urge more safety features in autos. The demonstration was just one more in a growing chorus of demands that Detroit do something both to curb the rising highway accident toll and to cut down its annual contribution of 92 million tons of carbon monoxide to air pollution.

Congressional pressure is building for legislation that would compel automakers to equip new...

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