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February 8, 1993 – GM sues NBC for defamation over exploding gas tanks
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February 8, 1993 – GM sues NBC for defamation over exploding gas tanks

On November 17, 1992, NBC’s Dateline aired a segment about the dangerous positioning of gas tanks in 1973 to 1987 GM pickup trucks. The show contained a fiery crash test, demonstrating that when hit in a certain manner the tank could rupture and explode. Following an investigation by General Motors, the company filed a lawsuit on this day in 1993, suing NBC for defamation.  The suit claimed NBC producers staged the test, using remote controlled model rocket engines placed in the fuel tank to ignite the crashes. Just two days after the lawsuit was filed, NBC issued a public apology on air as part of a settlement, acknowledging that they did not inform the viewership of any sort of tampering with the vehicles.  Americaaaaa, truck ya! The gas tanks of Chevrolet and GMC C/K serie...
Dusty & Rusty – 1951 GMC Truck
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Dusty & Rusty – 1951 GMC Truck

On June 28, 1947, Chevrolet released a brand new series of half, 3/4 and one ton medium duty trucks billed as Advance-Design. Featuring a major post war redesign, the trucks were also badged as GMC New Design. Together they were marketed as stronger and sleeker than the trucks they succeeded, the AK Series. The sales folks really had their work cut out for them, as the Chevy and GMC trucks were the best selling rigs in their class between their introduction and 1955, when they were replaced with the Task Force series. This handsome 1951 GMC isn't specified by its rating, but we do know it hasn't ran in 35 years. Does that make up for the lack of other information? If old blue turns you on, even though it doesn't, it could be yours for $5,900 a bit east of Pittsburgh, PA. Let's check it ou...
February 8, 1993 – GM sues NBC
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February 8, 1993 – GM sues NBC

On November 17, 1992 NBC’s Dateline aired a segment about the dangerous positioning of gas tanks on GM pickup trucks. The show contained a fiery crash test, demonstrating that when hit in a certain way the tank could rupture and explode. Following an investigation by General Motors a lawsuit was filed on this day in 1993 on their behalf, suing NBC for defamation. The suit claimed NBC producers staged the test, using remote controlled model rocket engines placed in the fuel tank to ignite the crashes. Just two days after the lawsuit was filed, NBC issued a public apology on air as part of a settlement, acknowledging that they did not inform the viewership of any sort of tampering with the vehicles. The gas tanks of Chevrolet and GMC C/K series trucks built between 1973 and 1987 are located ...

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