WASHINGTON — The government said Monday it will appeal a federal judge's decision against requiring the recall of 1.1 million 1980 General Motors X-body automobiles because of alleged braking problems.
The Justice Department, in a notice to the U.S. District Court, said it will file formal motions with the U.S. Court of Appeals shortly in seeking to have the ruling in favor of General Motors overturned.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson last month threw out the government suit that alleged that GM's 1980 front-wheel-drive X-body cars contained a safety defect linked to 1,417 accidents, 18 deaths and 400 injuries.
$4 Million in Fines Sought
The suit on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had asked that GM be fined $4 million and that it be ordered to recall the cars, which were sold as the Chevrolet Citation, Pontiac Phoenix, Buick Skylark and Oldsmobile Omega.