Delphi idles 4,200
DETROIT - Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. will idle 4,200 workers this week in eight states because of production cuts from General Motors and other customers.
The layoffs follow last week's 6,600 from its 72,000-employee U.S. work force.
The action includes about 1,700 employees in Ohio, 1,000 in Michigan, 500 in New York, 460 in Alabama and 400 in Indiana.
Other layoffs came from Delphi plants in New Jersey, Wisconsin and Mississippi.
A spokeswoman said Delphi is responding to customers' reduced production schedules. Among its largest customers are Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler.
DCX wants new trial
RICHMOND, Va. - DaimlerChrysler AG is seeking a retrial in a 1997 case that brought a $262.5 million verdict to the parents of a boy killed in a minivan crash, the Associated Press reported Friday, March 2.
Theodore Olson, a DaimlerChrysler lawyer, told a federal appeals panel here that the federal court jury in Charleston, S.C., improperly was led to believe the Dodge Caravan's driver shared no responsibility for the death of Sergio Jimenez II, AP said.
The boy's parents said that Chrysler manufactured minivans with defective rear latches. Sergio, 6, was riding in the back of the 1985 Caravan in April 1994, when it was hit by another vehicle and rolled over. Sergio was ejected from the minivan when the latch on the rear liftgate failed, the lawsuit said.
Dealerships escape quake damage
Car dealers reported little damage late last week from an earthquake that caused $2 billion in damage throughout the Pacific Northwest.
There are 230 dealerships in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia area. The Washington State Auto Dealers Association said it received reports of dealerships sustaining minor damage, such as cracks in ceilings and walls. The association headquarters had a power outage during the Wednesday, Feb. 28, quake, the worst to hit the region in 52 years. Power was restored the next day.