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NBC RETRACTION

 DETROIT, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was read by Jane Pauley on DATELINE NBC, Tuesday, 9, 1993:
 On November 17, 1992 DATELINE NBC ran a segment about GM's 1973 to 1987 C/K pickup trucks, which was entitled "Waiting to Explode?" The 15-minute segment contained a short, dramatic portion which featured two side-impact tests which NBC had run to purportedly demonstrate what could happen when the GM C/K pickup trucks are struck in the side.
 Yesterday, GM sued NBC alleging defamation and damage to its reputation.
 First and most importantly, we want to emphasize that what we characterized in the November DATELINE segment as an unscientific demonstration was inappropriate and does not support the position that GM's C/K trucks are defective. Specifically:
 (1) NBC's contractor did put incendiary devices under the
 trucks to ensure that there would be a fire, if gasoline were
 released from the truck's gas tank. NBC personnel knew this before
 we aired the program, but the public was not informed, because
 consultants at the scene told us the devices did not start the fire.
 We agree with GM that we should have told our viewers about these
 devices. We acknowledge the placing of the incendiary devices under
 the truck was a bad idea from start to finish.
 (2) The trucks were hit in two side impacts -- which we
 expected would cause the trucks to catch on fire. The tanks did not
 rupture in either demonstration. The DATELINE reporter, however,
 said with respect to one collision, "At impact, a small hole was
 punctured in the tank." That was based on a report from a
 consultant at the scene. GM has now X-rayed that tank and found no
 hole. We have performed no such tests but do not dispute their X-
 rays.
 (3) We said the speeds at impact were "around 30 mph" and
 "about 40 mph." GM says the speeds were at least 39 mph and 47 mph,
 and says we substantially misrepresented the energy involved in each
 of these side-impacts. We do not dispute GM's calculations.
 (4) Lastly, in reporting on the crash that resulted in a fire,
 we said the crash "forced gasoline to spew from the fuel cap." GM
 says since the gas cap -- which now cannot be found -- was the wrong
 cap came off when the impact occurred. The gasoline came out of the
 open end of the filler tube. We do not dispute this. Therefore,
 this unscientific demonstration was not representative of an actual
 side impact collision.
 The safety issue is the frequency of post-collision fires and the frequency of deaths and serious injuries resulting form post-collision fires. Of course, the safety of the C/K trucks should be objectively evaluated by analysis of relevant data by appropriate forums. That is the real world measure of the overall safety performance of any motor vehicle.
 We acknowledge and take responsibility for the problems GM has identified in the demonstration crash. We believe we presented in the balance of the segment all sides of the controversy over the safety of the GM trucks.
 We deeply regret we included the inappropriate demonstration in our DATELINE report. We apologize to our viewers and to General Motors. We have also concluded that unscientific demonstrations should have no place in hard news stories at NBC. That's our new policy.
 The above statement was released by General Motors with the knowledge of NBC News.
 -0- 2/9/93
 /CONTACT: Bill O'Neill or Ed Lechtzin both of General Motors, Public Relations, 313-556-2028/
 (GM)


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