For Immediate Release

April 4, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $50,000 civil penalty against DaimlerChrysler of Auburn Hills, Mich., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that DaimlerChrysler improperly offered a fiberboard box containing one 638-gram aerosol container of "ZEP 40 Non-Streaking Cleaner", one 16-ounce aerosol container of "ZEP Stainless Steel Cleaner" and a one quart plastic container of "ZEP Universal GP Cleaner" to UPS for transportation by air. Aerosols are classified as flammable gas and Universal GP Cleaner is classified as a corrosive, therefore they are hazardous materials. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

DaimlerChrysler offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. DaimlerChrysler also failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

DaimlerChrysler has 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA's practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.

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