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1973-1987 GENERAL MOTORS C/K PICKUP TRUCKS: COMPLIANCE AND BEYOND

 DALLAS, Nov. 16 ~PRNewswire~ -- The following statement deals with allegations that GM's 1973 through '87 light-duty pickup trucks are unsafe and may be attributed to a GM spokesperson.
 The 1973-1987 C~K pickup trucks conformed to the applicable safety criteria of the federal government and of General Motors (NYSE: GM).
 Until the 1978 model year, there was no applicable governmental safety standard for side impact fuel system integrity for pickup trucks. Even so, GM's 1973 pickups met a safety objective GM voluntarily imposed upon itself: to maintain fuel system integrity in a side moving barrier impact at 30 mph, albeit using a different type of moving barrier than NHTSA later adopted for its side barrier standard requirement.
 In model year 1978, NHTSA made effective a broadened FMVSS 301 -- the fuel system crashworthiness standard -- by requiring light trucks to meet a 20 mph side collision with a specific NHTSA-mandated moving barrier without compromising fuel system integrity. No country in the world has a higher standard for the integrity of pickup truck fuel systems in side impacts. Moreover, this standard is directly relevant to the debate at hand.
 These pickup trucks were certified to conform not just to the side impact standard but indeed to all applicable government fuel integrity safety requirements, including a 30 mph frontal collision with a fixed barrier and a 30 mph rear collision with a moving barrier. This is explained more fully in GM's recent response to NHTSA's request for information. These trucks also conform to GM's own 30 mph voluntary objective for side collisions.
 All parties agree -- even GM's harshest critics -- that these trucks meet all required federal safety standards for post-collision fuel system integrity. That has not prevented special interest groups, supported and funded by plaintiffs' trial lawyers, from waging a disinformation campaign against GM, attempting to convey an impression -- a false one -- that these trucks are unsafe and fail to meet safety standards.
 Plaintiffs' trial lawyers have a vested interest in creating hysteria that may help in litigation from which they stand to benefit financially. For our part, GM is committed to a fact-based exchange of views on these issues. This is why we have taken the unusual step of voluntarily agreeing to make public documents that had been under a protective order, an order previously sought and obtained, not to "conceal" any hazard, but rather to protect GM's substantial investment in the creation of its own records.
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 ~CONTACT: Bill O'Neill or Ed Lechtzin of GM Public Relations, 214-651-4300 (in Dallas Nov. 16) or 313-986-5715 (at Warren Tech Center, beginning Nov. 17)~
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