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GM RESPONDS TO CLARENCE DITLOW

 DETROIT, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a General Motors (NYSE: GM) spokesperson statement regarding Clarence Ditlow announcement, Feb. 9, 1993:
 Mr. Ditlow has announced "Campaign GM Firebomb." One would need no further evidence than the very name Mr. Ditlow has given to his campaign to determine whether he and others are interested in permitting the American public to hear a dispassionate, scientific, and objective consideration of this pickup truck issue.
 The facts are quite clear in this matter. These pickups met all applicable federal safety standards. Over time, their crashworthiness and occupant protection, including their performance in side impact collisions, has proven to be excellent, comparable to competitive full- size pickup trucks, and in fact better than many other vehicles, including passenger cars on average. Their excellent safety record cannot be ignored.
 What also cannot be ignored is the motivation that would prompt another organization -- the Institute for Injury Reduction -- founded and supported by plaintiff lawyers, to encourage a major network like NBC to hire a group that would run rigged tests for NBC to show to an audience of millions? And one must ask why that same organization would offer to run and replicate new crash tests with trucks of a "modified design further enhancing the likelihood of a real world impact resulting in fire..."
 It would be far more helpful to the public, and especially to the millions of current owners of these trucks, to consider the real-world crash protection these trucks offer compared to other vehicles. One does not need to guess how these trucks might perform in the real world. They have been on the road for six to 20 years. An examination of the statistics clearly shows how they have performed. Based on professional statistical analyses of accident data, NO fewer fatalities would have occurred in side impact collisions if consumers had bought competitive full-size trucks rather than GM's C/K trucks.
 Available accident data from several states, covering several years of real world experience, shows: There is no greater risk of serious injury and death, or of a post-collision fire, in a side impact collision into a 1973-1987 C/K pickup truck than with other full-size pickup trucks.
 Moreover, a major federal accident database, the NHTSA's Fatal Accident Reporting System, shows: 1973-1987 C/K pickups do not present an elevated risk of a fatality in side impact collisions when compared with other full-size pickup trucks, pickup trucks generally, or the average performance of passenger cars.
 Based on this very satisfactory record of occupant protection in C/K trucks when struck by other vehicles, as well as their compliance with the federal safety standards for fuel system integrity, General Motors continues to be confident that there is no basis for concluding that these trucks have a safety-related defect.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Lechtzin of General Motors, 313-556-6910/
 (GM)


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