Was GM Reckless?

The troubled automaker is accused of ignoring an unsafe gas-tank design

On a sunny afternoon last November, Walter Krug was cruising along in his 1988 four-door Chevy pickup truck on I-20 near Stanton, Texas, when suddenly another pickup blew a tire, veered into Krug's lane and broadsided him. The violent impact ruptured the gas tank of Krug's truck, spewing fuel that exploded into a fireball. Unable to free himself, Krug, 37, was burned to death. His family puts the blame on the truck's design. "Krug would have survived the crash if not for the fire. But there shouldn't have been a fire," says Mick McBee, the attorney representing the family. After the...

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