1992.11.17 Rigged Trucks

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Dateline NBC rigged GM trucks to explode by overfilling the tank, putting the wrong gas cap on, and using a model rocket engines to sell a story that they were unsafe, and had to settle a defamation suit filed by GM.

Oh, and they also said that the impact ruptured the tank, but that never happened either -- it was just hitting an overfilled tank without a gas cap that caused the spillage. But other than lying about everything the user saw, and worded in a way to terrorize owners and vilify GM, it was still crappy journalism. This goes down as one of the epic FakeNews reports of all times.


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