For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 22-00
October 22, 2000
Contact: Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH – The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to a $51,000 civil penalty against, a division of Tandy Corporation, for violation of U.S. Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges RadioShack offered a regulated material to FedEx for transportation by air from Fort Worth to El Monte, Calif., but failed to comply with the requirements of the Department of Transportation hazardous material regulations.

The shipment contained 15 non-refillable metal containers of tetrafluoroethane methanol, an aerosol classified as a hazardous material. FedEx employees discovered the alleged irregularities in the shipment when it arrived at the destination and notified FAA inspectors. RadioShack offered the hazardous materials for transportation by air when the material was not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled or in a condition for shipment.

RadioShack has 30 days from receipt of the enforcement letter to respond to the agency. Announcement of the proposed civil penalty is made in accordance with FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions in cases that involve penalties of $50,000 or more.