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GM Announces Recall of Millions of Pickups

GM Announces Recall of Millions of Pickups

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(Detroit-AP) -- Problems with tailgates are behind General Motors decision to recall about four (m) million pickup trucks from the 2000 through 2004 model years.

The automaker says there have been reports of more than 100 minor injuries, but no crashes or fatalities. It wants to replace tailgate support cables that can corrode and then break.

G-M says it has been cooperating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the probe.

Last month, regulators said they were looking into reports where tailgates were falling off the backs of pickup trucks without warning.

G-M will replace the existing galvanized, braided steel cables with stainless steel cables. Customers will be notified in phases because replacement cables will not be available immediately for all vehicles.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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