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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

tNednesday, July 6, 1977

Air bags face tough fight in Congress

WASHINGTON 6P)--A lobby-
ist fired an automobile air bag
into the face of his three-year-
old daughter yesterday to dem-
onstrate the safety of the res-
traint device.
But across Capitol Hill, a Re-
publican congressman said the
Carter administration's decision
to require air bags was a slap at
individual freedom.
THE DEMONSTRATIONS and
speeches came as lines were

drawn' for the battle over an ef-
fort to overturn that decision.
Unless Congress acts within 60
days, air bags will be installed
beginning in 1982 model cars.
Ralph Nader, who thinks the
Carter administration is moving
too slowly, told a news confer-
ence that the air-bag order will
stand because of wide support
against tlbse who "believe Am-
ericans have the right to die in
their cars . .."

BUT REP. Bud Shuster (R-
Pa.) who already has introduced
legislation to block the order,
said the administration's propos-
al represents "a very small
piece of a much larger dark and
heavy blanket being lowered ov-
er a free people by their patern-
alistic government."
"Free people should have a
choice," said the third-term law-
maker. "Anybody who doesn't
wear a safety belt is a dummy.
But free people have a right to
do dumb things."
Transportation S e c r e t a r y

Brock Adams last week ordered
that all standard and luxury
-ars sold in the United States
starting with 1982 models in-
clude a passive-restraint sys-
tem, meaning one that protects
front-seat occupants even if they
do nothing.
INTERMEDIATE-SIZE cars
would have to be equipped start-
ing in 1983. The order would ap-
ply th all cars starting in 1984.
Although this system could in-
clude a seat-belt harness that
automatically covers the driver
and passenger, the air bag is

the most commonly discussed
method.
The air bag, which would cost
$100 to $300 per car, is a balloon
that inflates automatically when
sensors feel a collision, keeping
riders from slamming into the
windshield, dashboard or steer-
ing wheel.
THE TRANSPORTATION De-
partment estimates passive re-
straints could save 9,000 to 12,-
000 lives each year and prevent
100,000 to 200,000 serious injur-
ies.

Carter seeks more funds
for education--Mondale

MINNEAPOLIS WP) Vice Pre-
sident Walter Mondale says the
Carter administration will sup-
port a 15 per cent increase ii
federal spending for education,
if differences with Congress on
other issues can be resolved.
At a news conference an4 in
remarks prepared for a speech
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Wednesday, July 6, 1977
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dale said the government will
pump $1.5 billion additional into
educatln in the next fiscal
year.
MONDALE CALLED it "a
turnaround" in terms of federal
aid to local schools, and said the
increase will be the largest since
federal aid to education began
is 1965.
He also said the budget con-
tains substantial funds to help
s c h o o 1 s educate handicapped
children.
In the NEA speech, Mondale
asked teachers to' support re-
forms in the federal aid pro-
gram to get the money to the
poorer school districts.
"Right now, one dollar in four
goes to a school district in the
upper 25 per cent income brack-
et of this nation," Mondale said.

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THREE-YEAR-OLD SIELBY Sutcliffe reacts as an air bag pops from the steering wheel of a
simulator during a Washington press conference yesterday. Watching over the display is con-
sumer advocate Ralph Nader who also participated in the briefing which was designed to
demonstrate the safety of the restraint device.
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