For Immediate Release

October 29, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $80,000 civil penalty against Malibu Grand Prix of Westlake, Calif., for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged that Malibu improperly offered an automobile engine containing gasoline for transportation by air on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. Ground handling employees at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered gasoline leaking through the fiberboard box in which the engine was packaged. The engine and gasoline, a flammable liquid, are hazardous materials.

Malibu offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, inspected, or in condition for shipment as required by the Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations. Malibu 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.

Malibu 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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