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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 16, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID - Friday, October 16, 1970 Car Warnings Termed Inadequate WASHINGTON (AP) - The lawyer who helped spearhead the fight leading to the U.S. government's unprecedented safety warning on four million Fords, Mercurys and Thunder-birds say the action was inadequate. The transportation depart-ment's consumer protection bulletin recently failed to mention several models with possible steering defects which could cause wheels to fall off, said Lowell Dodge of the non-profit Centre for Auto Safety. And just placing owners of certain 165-1969 models on the ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328-4095 alert to possible failures isn't enough, said Dodge. "I don't think we'll regard the battle as over until Ford initiates a recall." The transportation depart-ment did not request Ford to recall and repair the cars at the B.C. Armories Security Hiked OTTAWA (CP) - Defence Minister Donald Macdonald told the Commons today security has been increased around armories in British Columbia to protect stores of arms. He was replying to a question by Robert Borrie (L-Prince George-Peace River) who asked what action would be taken following the "looting" of a B.C. armory Wednesday. PLAIN CRIMPS .................... YD4.79 PRINTED CRIMPS YD 7.24 MIX OR MATCH PLAIDS and PLAINS YD 4.29 TONIGHT AND SAT. ONLY NO LABOR CHARGE ON ALL DRAPERIES BRING YOUR OWN MEASUREMENTS! MANY OTHER UNADVERTISED SPECIALS 426 13th St. N. Phone 328-4536 manufacturer's expense. "The cycle of extreme abuse and high-speed wheel impacts required to initiate control arms failure does not occur-except in special and rare instances- in non-pursuit vehicles," said the department. Matthew McLaughlin president of Ford Marketing Corp., said Ford was "pleased to cooperate in the suggestion" made by the transportation department. CLAIMS NO DEFECT "We repeat what we have stated before: That there is no defect in the control arm," he said. "But we believe that when any vehicle is subject to abuse or accident damage, such as that specified by the DOT, it should be inspected before being driven. "Payment for inspection or replacement will be the owner's responsibility, as would be the case with any accident damage," he said. T. L. Johnson, national service manager for Ford of Canada, said in Oakville, Ont. the same procedure will be followed in Canada. He said about 400,000 of the four million vehicles were sold in Canada. The government's mention of "non-pursuit vehicles" was a reference to the fact that the initial reports of failure of a part called the lower control arm came from police departments. Cracking of the arm left the driver without control of the car. A government investigation concluded the failures result from smashing over curbs at high speeds. Normal use would not affect the arms, the government said so Ford recalled only police cars-85,000 of them-in August. NADER DISAGREES Ralph Nader and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety disagreed and urged government last month to reopen the investigation. Nader and the institute, which is funded by the insurance industry, cited instances reported to Ford where failures had occurred on passenger cars driven as little as 13 miles. Dodge, who did the tnvestiga* tion for Nader, said he was particularly troubled the government did not list 1967 Thunder-birds in the alert bulletin while including 1968 and 1969 T-Birds. He also contended the control arms are used on some 1970 Ford models, which were not mentioned. The models which were included in the safety alert were the following 1965-1969 Fords: Custom, Custom 500, Galaxy 500, Galaxy 500 SL, Galaxy 500 LTD, Country Sedan, Country Squire, Ranch Wagon, XL, LTD and Custom Ranch Wagon. The following 1965-1969 Mercurys were also listed: Montery, Montclair, Parklane, Commuter, Colony Park, Brougham, Marquis, and Parklane Brougham. fei EH 3 U S SIGN - Cross-pnrposes are served by this sign in Tallahassee, Fla. Russia Purchases Tracked Vehicles CALGARY (CP) - Foremost Industries Ltd., a Calgary-based manufacturer of tracked vehicles, said Thursday it has sold two contracts for about $9 million to Moscow government agencies. It is believed to be the largest sale to Russia ever made by a Canadian manufacturer, the company said in a news release. The first contract involves 50 tracked vehicles, 30 of which are the company's Husky Eight -one of the world's largest track vehicles with a load capacity in excess of 30 tons. Twenty are Husky Six models with a load capacity of more than 20 tons. They will be used in muskeg and swamp areas encountered in the construction of a pipeline system that will eventually transport natural gas from western Siberia to western Europe- Seventeen Husky Eight vehicles involved in the second contract will be used primarily for transporting drilling rigs, supplying oilfield operations in Siberia, and in mining exploration. The contracts also call for the supply of field service equipment and technical representatives. The first contract will be financed by the Export Development Corp., a crown - owned company set up to finance and promote the export of Canadian goods. Contract negotiations were carried out in Moscow for the last three months by representatives of Foremost Industries, the release said. AIRPORT SECURITY NEW YORK (AP) - More than 1,000 cars have been checked at Kennedy International Airport since Friday in an attempt to detect explosives, weapons, radical literature and other articles. A U.S. Customs official jaid Wednesday the searches began after the militant Weatherman group warned last week of a "fall offensive" against "the enemy." Oilseeds Production Increases OTTAWA (CP) - Production and export of Canada's two major oilseed crops, flaxseed and rapeseed, is dramatically above that of previous years, the Dominion Bureau of Statistics reported today. The increased importance of such crops, the DBS said, has prompted it to issue a separate review dealing with oilseeds. The first review reports an expected 47.1 million bushels flaxseed crop this year, 71 per cent more than the 1969-70 crop year production of 27.95 million bushels. Estimated rape seed production this year is 79.5 million bushels, about 42.8 per cent above the last crop year figure of 33.4 million. Exports of flaxseed during 1969 - 70 reached 18.6 million bushels, 39 per cent higher than the p&svious year's 13.4 million bushels. Canadian rapeseed exports reached an all-time high of 22.2 million bushels, 64.4 per cent above the previous record of 14.3 million bushels in 1968-69. The Canadian oilseed surge is complemented by similar bet-ter-than-average oilseed conditions in other parts of the world. A DBS spokesman said the increased importance of s u c h crops comes domestically because of recent pressures on wheat and other cereal grains and abroad as a result of a general move.away from saturated fats. MAO SEES COUVE TOKYO (AP) - Communist party Chairman Mao Tse-tung met and had a "friendly conversation" with former French premier Maurice Couve de Mur-ville in Peking Wednesday. \JJnjtksMdj Otie(i THE EPIC VOYAGE OF RA II - Thor Heyerdahl's determination provides o dramatic Weekend Magazine exclusive this Saturday. When the Norwegian explorer set out to prove that ancient Egyptians coulcl have crossed the Atlantic in vessels made of papyrus, his first attempt failed. Then he and an international crew of seven tried again in Ra II. Don't miss the exciting diary account of how the fragile Ra II conquered the Atlantic. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE :A superb whisky from Schenley where great whisky is a tradition. -Schenku; TRADITION Rye Whisky-a | m SIMPSONS-SEARS To Beat The Band! Toddler Fun .. Corn Popper Reg. $3.29 Toddl ers delight by Fisher-Price. Push toy has concealed mechanism that hurls wooden balls against plastic dome, makes noise. Battling Tops Smash Game Excitement galore. Hold your own high speed battles in your own arena. Launch the tops from starting corners. They zoom into the centre of the arena and the battle begins. The last one left spinning is the winner! It's great fun for little people. Save $1.99! Motorized Shuttle Train Reg. $9.98 Phoney Baloney Puzzler 1.49 No matter how you slice the phoney baloney you'll have a ball . . . trying to put it back together.. Suitable for Kids, and adults. Remote Control Cobra Racer 2>98 Real cool cobra racer has electric lights, horn, and is battery operated to run forward and reverse. Front wheels turn manually.  High impact plastic bady. Battery Operated Remote Mustang Reg. $4.98 3.49 Newly patented mechanism that op-erotes by air. .Remote control runs forward and reverse. Little Girls' Stationery Chest 1.98 Hardboard construe ed, covered in simulated white leather with scroll design. Paper and envelopes included. Delicate China Girls' Tea Set Girls' Musical Shoulder Bag 1.98 2.49 Delightfully pattern-.ed tea set for little girls. Real imported china. mmm 4' of action packed into a little train set that's fun for all ages. Locomotive couples, uncouples, operates turntable, climbs steep grade, raises elevator, unloads into hopper, returns to bring elevator down and reloads. All automatic with push button controls. Barbie Fashion Designer Reg. $4.49 Now you can design your own Barbie fashions . . . 216 in all. Just run your pen inside the special picture maker, then cut out the Perfect pictures. Vinyl shoulder bag that play music when purse is opened. Attractive chain shoulder strap. Adorable Crissy Doll Store Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily; Closed Wednesday at 1 p.m. - Shop Thursday and Friday 'til 9 p.m. Teleshop32W6l"l \7Vi" of beautiful doll! Her hair can.' be made to grow from a short bob to a floor length sweep, that you can comb or curl. She comes dressed in a floor-length gown, panties and high-heeled shoes. So adorable, any little girl would love her! TOYS ;