The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received several reports of tailgate cables failing on 1999-2003 General Motors pickup trucks. According to complaints, cables that attach the tailgate to the pickup truck's body may snap when weighted down, leading to serious injury if a person is riding or standing on the tailgate.
Injured plaintiffs have filed several lawsuits
over defective cables installed on pickups. Reports of persons suffering fractured skulls and serious head injuries
after falling off the tailgate when it collapsed are surfacing.In March 2004, General Motors recalled 4 million pickup trucks from the 2000 through the 2004 model years because of the tailgate problems. According to the automaker, there have been more than 100 reports of minor injuries, but no fatalities.
If you have been seriously injured because of defective cables installed on your pickup truck, 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.
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