AUTOMOBILES: The Wax-Ball Recall

Recalls are an old story in the auto industry. Yet the one announced last week by Chrysler Corp. is unique: the first sizable recall in automobile history not for safety reasons but for pollution considerations.* By order of the Environmental Protection Agency, the company must bring back 886,000 1973-model cars and light trucks, fully one-half its production for that year.

The recall is doubly irritating for Chrysler because the part causing the trouble was modified on the assembly line at the insistence of the EPA in the first place. The part, designed by Chrysler engineers, is a sensor containing a ball...

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