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DaimlerChrysler Hit With Penalty for Slow Response to Auto Defects



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.