For Immediate Release

July 8, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Focus on Cars, Inc. of Carson, Calif. for allegedly violating regulations concerning shipping hazardous materials aboard aircraft.

FAA cited Focus on Cars, Inc. for improperly shipping paint and related materials, which are flammable liquids, on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. Ground handling personnel at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered the shipment leaking and exhibiting stains on the fiberboard box in which it was improperly packaged.

Focus on Cars, Inc. offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, inspected, or in condition for shipment in accordance with U.S. Dept. of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. Focus on Cars also failed to ensure that employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Focus on Cars, Inc. 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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