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Press Release – FAA Proposes $72,000 Penalty Against Daimler Chrysler for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

February 3, 2003
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $72,000 civil penalty against Daimler Chrysler of Newark, DE, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on November 18, 2001, Daimler Chrysler improperly offered a fiberboard box containing twelve 22-ounce plastic containers of liquid Mopar Tire & Wheel Cleaner, which are corrosive liquids, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

Daimler Chrysler offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Daimler Chrysler also did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Daimler Chrysler 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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