Autos: Calling All Cars

Other automakers have tended to spar while under assault about the safety of their cars. But last week Henry Ford II came out swinging. Inspecting a new plant at Woodhaven, near Detroit, he went off the cuff from a prepared speech, accused industry critics of "harassment."

"Naturally," said Ford, "when 50,000 people a year are killed on the roads of the U.S., this is a bad situation. On the other hand, to blame it solely on the automobile is very unfair. We have always built safe cars, but that is not to say that we can't make them...

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