Lear leans on suppliers
Lear Corp. of Southfield, Mich., is pressuring suppliers to pay Lear a rebate for projects completed and in progress. It would bring Lear millions in extra income. The seat-making firm began demanding the rebate this spring, according to sources. Toolmakers, custom molders and material suppliers have been targets.
For example, Lear is seeking rebates of 3 to 5 percent on tooling, retroactive to the fourth quarter of 1998. Suppliers that cooperate can expect long-term contracts. Lear declined to comment on the rebates, but confirmed that it is trimming its network of prime suppliers.
D/C recalls 420,700 cars
DETROIT - DaimlerChrysler is recalling 417,000 of its 1998 and 1999 Chrysler Cirrus, Dodge Stratus and Plymouth Breeze sedans to inspect a brake tube that may be damaged by contact with an exhaust clamp. There have been three reports of the clamp wearing a hole in the right rear brake tube, causing a fluid leak and loss of some brake capacity.
In a separate action, DaimlerChrysler is recalling 3,700 of its 1999 Plymouth Prowlers to repair a warning light on the instrument panel.
Mazda recalls 6,000 '95s
WASHINGTON - Mazda North American Operations has begun a recall of 6,000 cars because they may pollute more than federal standards allow, the EPA said.
Affected vehicles are 1995 Mazda 626 and MX-6 cars with 2.5-liter engines, manual transmissions and federal emissions systems. California cars are not affected.
The EPA said routine testing of some cars found excessive tailpipe emissions of carbon monoxide, which interferes with the blood's ability to carry oxygen through the body.
The company said it will fix the problem by installing a vent kit that will allow more air into the intake manifold.