1973-1987 C/K Pickup Trucks

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:49 by admin
According to a May 2003 report published by the Los Angeles Times, General Motors Corporation has paid nearly $500 million to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed over a defective line of pickup trucks. The suits involve a model of C/K trucks built from 1973 to 1987 with fuel tanks mounted outside the vehicles' protective frames. A federal judge in Montana released the information in a case brought by the estate of a family killed in a C/K accident.

The lawsuits, which have resulted in 331 individual settlement agreements totaling $495 million, allege the outside fuel tanks are prone to explode during an accident. A federal investigation into the C/K pickup was dropped in 1994 after GM, which eventually changed the model's design, agreed to pay $51 million for the establishment of numerous safety programs. After the inquiry was dropped, however, dozens of people reportedly burned in truck accidents involving the defective C/K model.

If you feel you were injured due to a design defect in a 1973 to 1987 model C/K pickup, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Fuel System
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