was ordered by the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
to pay a $400,000 penalty to settle allegations the auto maker didn't respond adequately to defects on some of its large cars and pickup trucks, according to
The Wall Street Journal
The charges stem from two different recalls -- one in January 1999 that involved fuel leaks in 700,000 cars and the other in December 1999 involving a clutch-line problem in 9,000 trucks. The penalty is one of the agency's largest civil penalties.