Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Breach of Contract and Negligence

“Thirty-nine class actions have been filed in state, federal and Canadian courts against [GM], claiming that 1973-1987 model Chevrolet and GMC full-size pickup trucks are defective because their fuel tanks are mounted below the cab and outside the frame rails… In these actions, plaintiffs claimed that the fuel tank locations make the vehicles unreasonably susceptible to fuel-fed fires following side-impact collisions… An agreement for a nationwide settlement of the class actions pending in federal and state courts received final court approval on December 19, 1996… the settlement provides for approximately $4 million to fund motor vehicle fire safety research. The court ordered General Motors to pay plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and costs totaling approximately $28 million.”

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement Approval
Contractors Involved Penalty
General Motors Corp. $32,000,000
Further Information Released
SEC 10-K (p. 11 of 199) 8/25/2006

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database