New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
IGA Horald-Zpftung, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, January 1,1987Car safety group to request probe of Datsun 200SX
DALLAS (AP) — The Washington-based Center for Auto Safety will call for a federal probe into the Datsun 200SX following an accident that left
a Dallas woman dead and her mother
seriously injured, officials say.
Center spokesman Sam Cole said Tuesday that the Department of Transportation had declined his con
sumer group’s earlier request to look into sudden acceleration in the automobile.
But "in light of this incident, we’re going to ask them to investigate again,” he said. “The was the (Dallas) accident was described to me sounds like sudden acceleration.”
Sarina Blackman, 26, of Dallas
died Monday and her mother, Juanita Thompson, 46, of Flint, Mich., was seriously injured at the Galleria mall Monday when a car hit them as they walked across service road, police said.
The car’s driver — Sara N. Mc-Cleod, 21, of Lake Charles, La., daughter of Louisiana Democratic
state Sen. William L. McCleod — told police her Datsun somehow locked itself into reverse at a high speed and went out of control.
The DOT is already investigating the same problem in the Datsun 280ZX and 300ZX. Cole said his group has received seven reports of sudden and unexpected acceleration by Dat
sun 200SXs for model years 1980 to 1985.
A Dallas police mechanic was
scheduled to inspect a 1962 Datsun 200SX for signs of mechanical misfunction, police said.MOA
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