Nation: New Deal for Drivers

As it revs up its assembly lines for the 1967 cars, the U.S. auto industry knows that things will never be quite the same again. After months of congressional hearings and debates that emphasized the 49,000 people killed and 1,800,000 injured last year on U.S. highways, the House last week unanimously passed an automobile-safety bill. Calling for a judicious combination of persuasion and pressure, it gives the Secretary of Commerce the right to require the industry to meet certain safety standards in its new cars.

Almost a Relief. In anticipation of the bill, in fact, the industry has already begun to put...

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