AUTOS: Detroit Recalls a Recall

FOR all its vaunted management talent and technological capability, the auto industry is having increasing trouble building cars that can hold together. As a result, the industry in the past five months has recalled more cars (more than 7,000,000) than it has sold. The biggest recall to date involved 6.7 million 1965 to 1969 Chevrolets that have possibly defective motor mounts; engines on some have twisted loose from the car frames.

The strangest recall is the one that Ford announced last week involving 436,000 1972 Torinos and Montegos. In 16 cases the rear...

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