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FRONTLINE; Rollover: The Hidden History of the SUV


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Rollover: The Hidden History of the SUV
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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From industrial hauler to America's new station wagon, the SUV has been a spectacular success story, both satisfying and reflecting the tastes of the American consumer. Was the rise of the SUV enabled, even encouraged, by Washington regulators with close ties to the industry? And did they overlook serious safety and environmental flaws in the vehicle that continue to haunt it? FRONTLINE presents an investigative history of the vehicle that turned Detroit's fortunes around and asks what consumers really know about their SUVs and those charged with making them safe.



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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Rollover: The Hidden History of the SUV,” 02/21/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 23, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_26E35F258BB3429095399F316EC4D4D2.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Rollover: The Hidden History of the SUV.” 02/21/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 23, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_26E35F258BB3429095399F316EC4D4D2>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Rollover: The Hidden History of the SUV. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_26E35F258BB3429095399F316EC4D4D2
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