General Motors inadvertently posted an old press release to its media site late yesterday about potential production changes following the earthquake in Japan, and Automotive News reported it as new information in an online story.
The original statement went up on March 17, six days after the earthquake, with GM saying it was "anticipating adjustments in our plants around the world as needed."
That statement was reposted yesterday with an April 20 dateline. It included one line of information that was not included in the original release: "While it's too soon to call it all clear, we are increasingly confident that the overall situation in Japan will not have a material impact on our full-year results."
GM spokesman Klaus-Peter Martin said: "We just added one sentence to that statement yesterday and posted that update. This was not supposed to be seen as news."
GM didn't indicate that this was an update to a previously posted statement. The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press were among the news outlets that reported yesterday's posting as news.