Ya I know the fuel tank tests were rigged. I owned a ’73 PU truck that was recalled at the time to put the shield on but I didn’t go just because I thought the hole thing stunk. And you are quiet correct about journalist who manufacture news in the tradition of Randolph Hurst (who told his reporters complaining about a lack of sensational exploitation by the Spanish of the Cuban populace "You give me a story, and I’ll give you a war!").Dave when 60 minutes could not make a Chevy truck catch on fire from a collsion, even after hanging a gas soaked rag out the filler neck they rigged the test with a small charge. Unfortunatley the law suit and apology didn't get as much press as the fake report.
I find nothing wrong with plastic fuel tanks or cells. Every manufacture of autos since the 90's has at least one model using them.