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GM accuses US agency of rigging a critical test

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Laurent Belsie / April 13, 1983


General Motors Corporation said it has accused a federal safety agency of rigging a televised test of a GM station wagon. The test by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed the rear-wheel assembly falling off the car. But in a letter to dealers, GM said the reason the rear wheels fell off was that a key part of the assembly was removed before the test. There was no immediate comment from agency officials.

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Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the company to recall about 861,000 1978 and 1979 model-year vehicles. The agency said the cars violated emission standards.