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 DETROIT, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement responds to a news release issued today (Oct. 18) by the Center for Auto Safety regarding GM full-size 1973-1987 C/K pickup trucks. It may be attributed to Ed Lechtzin, director of legal and safety issues for GM's NAO communications staff:
 The Center for Auto Safety news release is its latest effort to create an atmosphere of hysteria, without any basis in fact, to oppose the class action settlement covering GM's 1973 to 1987 full-size C/K pickup trucks. Nothing in the settlement makes dealers liable to accident victims.
 General Motors has demonstrated to the court and to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that 17 years of federal and state accident data establish that the C/K pickup trucks have provided excellent occupant protection in accidents. Among the facts ignored by the Center for Auto Safety are:
 -- In a per-collision basis, the rate of post-collision fires for 1973-1987 C/K pickups is indistinguishable from the rates for full-size Ford and Dodge full-size pickups.
 -- Occupants of C/K pickups are not exposed to any statistically greater risk of injury or death in side collisions than are occupants of Ford and Dodge full-size pickups.
 -- C/K pickups provide statistically superior occupant protection in side collisions compared to the average passenger car or compact pickup truck.
 -- In side collisions, the rates of vehicles with fatal or major injury and a post-collision fire are comparable for C/K, Ford and Dodge full-size pickups, according to state data.
 -- The overall fatal and injury rate for 1973-1987 C/K pickups is no higher than the rates for competitive full-size pickups.
 The letter and news release issued by the Center for Auto Safety is a blatant attempt to use the media to further its own agenda. This is simply the latest demonstration of the Center's willingness to place rhetoric over facts and histrionics above deliberative process. We expect it won't be the last and we also expect it will be seen by the media for what it is.
 The Center for Auto Safety ignores the real facts in its zeal to force a recall without any basis. We believe that the approval of the class action settlement should be decided on the merits, not by attempts to create false concerns among owners and dealers.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Lechtzin of GM NAO Communications, 313-974-1582/

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