The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 11, 1976 · Page 4
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 4

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, December 11, 1976
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A4 Palm Beach Post-Times, Saturday, December 11, 1976 Chrysler Ordered To Alter '75 Cars V It identified them as the Chrysler Cordoba and Newport, the Plymouth Fury and Gran Fury, and the Dodge Monaco, Charger SE and Coronet. Although the recall ranks large among those due to air pollution, it is small compared to many based on safety defects. The nation's largest single recall covered 6.7 million Chevrolets built between 1965 and 1969 with engine mounts that could break. The order was the sixth Chrysler has received from the EPA since 1974. The first and largest involved 769,000 of the firm's 1973 cars and trucks. Train released a letter to Chrysler President John Riccardo saying the EPA has found "a substantial number of (the recalled) vehicles" violating the federal carbon monoxide emission standard of 15 grams per mile. "The data indicate that in the first year of operation of these vehicles, carburetor misadjustments are routinely performed by Chrysler dealerships . . . (and at) nondealer service facilities as a result of Chrysler's carburetor idle system design and carburetor adjustment procedures," Train said. In a statement issued in Detroit, Chrysler said individual mechanics are to blame for any problem with carburetor adjustments. "By this order, EPA is trying to require Chrysler to be responsible for the actions of private individuals," it said. "We cannot accept that responsibility nor the precedent it sets." WASHINGTON (UPI) - In an unprecedented action charging basic design flaws, the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday ordered Chrysler Corp. to recall almost one-fourth of its 1975 cars because they may emit too much carbon monoxide air pollution. EPA chief Russell Train said the recall applies to 208,000 cars. He said the carburetor design on those cars "routinely" causes Chrysler dealers and other mechanics to make adjustments that produce excessive pollution. "This precedent-setting recall is the first based on improper design and adjustment procedures which are the responsibility of the manufacturer rather than on manufacturing defects," Train said through a spokesman. Denying responsibility for the problem, Chrysler said it will challenge the EPA order. It may do so by requesting a public EPA hearing and, if necessary, going to court. Train gave Chrysler 45 days to devise a plan for fixing the problem at no cost to car owners. He gave no indication what type of correction would be needed. An EPA spokesman said the recall does not apply to cars sold in California, which are designed differently to meet state pollution standards that are tougher than federal requirements. Chrysler, third largest firm in the auto industry, built 975,448 cars in the 1975 model year. The EPA said its recall applies to seven different models with 360-cu-bic-inch and 400-cubic-inch engines. 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