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DaimlerChrysler Hit With Penalty for Slow Response to Auto Defects

DaimlerChrysler

(DCX)

was ordered by the

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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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.