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1973-1983 Chevrolet pickups

No formal recall was ordered for Chevrolet trucks with side-saddle fuel tanks, but that didn't stop the controversy from dragging on for years.

In 1973, GM engineers designed a pickup with a 20-gallon fuel tank on either side of the pickup. Auto safety groups alleged that the placement made the trucks vulnerable to exploding in a "T-bone" accident, which exposed the tanks to direct impact with another car.

The government called on GM to issue a voluntarily recall but GM refused, eventually settling with the DOT. In the settlement, GM pledged $51 million to U.S. safety programs. According to CAS, GM has paid out more than $500 million in settlements to burn victims because of the defect.


 

 

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