AUTOS: Back-to-Back Black Eyes

Back-to-Back Black Eyes

After making a roaring comeback from near bankruptcy, Chrysler has long seemed invulnerable to adversity. Suddenly, though, the proud No. 3 automaker's image has suffered back-to-back black eyes. Last week the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Chrysler $1.6 million for 811 alleged workplace violations at a Newark, Del., plant that produces Chrysler LeBarons, Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliants. The penalty, the largest ever imposed by OSHA, came only twelve days after a U.S. grand jury indicted Chrysler for selling cars as new that had actually been driven -- with their odometers disconnected -- by employees.

The most serious of...