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STATEMENT BY WILLIAM J. O'NEILL, GM NAO PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR

 DETROIT, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Following is a statement by William J. O'Neill, GM NAO Public Affairs Director, in response to Wall Street Journal article on 6-2-93 regarding class action litigation involving 1973-87 C/K pickup trucks.
 We were contacted yesterday by the Wall Street Journal to comment on a purported rumor that GM may be considering settlement of one or more class actions lawsuits involving 1973-87 full sized pickups on the basis that the trucks would be recalled and/or fitted by GM with some kind of cage like device around the fuel system.
 We informed the WSJ that there is simply no truth to any such rumors. We also informed the WSJ, as we have publicly stated since last summer, that these trucks meet or exceed all applicable safety standards, and there is no safety related defect. In short, the WSJ was told unequivocally that there is no reason to recall them and GM has no intention to do so. We also cautioned them that if they chose to report a story based on the "rumor" they were given, or imply that it might be true, they would be reporting false information -- pure and simple.
 GM has certainly met with some plaintiffs' attorneys in the course of pending class action litigation, and may do so in the future, as we typically would do in most active litigation. In the normal course of pre-trial preparation, many court rules require, and more judges strongly encourage, parties in a dispute to discuss the matter to determine potential agreement on discovery questions, potential agreement on factual or legal issues, and the potential for settlement. It is routine and it's hardly newsworthy.
 Any suggestion that GM is considering a recall of the trucks or installation of hardware on them is simply untrue.
 Any additional questions should be directed to Bill O'Neill at 313-556-2028.
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 /CONTACT: Bill O'Neill of General Motors, 313-556-2028/
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