Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Chrysler Idles Neon Plant

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Chrysler Idles Neon Plant

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DETROIT _ Chrysler Corp. said Wednesday that a peculiar noise emanating from the front ends of its Neon subcompact cars had forced the company to idle the assembly plant in Illinois that produced the vehicles. Chrysler said it detected the problem before any flawed cars were shipped to dealers. Monday employees testing the vehicles at the plant, which is in Belvidere, heard a strange noise apparently coming from the front steering knuckle assembly, said Alan Miller, a spokesman for Chrysler. As engineers tried to identify and muzzle the source of the sound, the plant was partly idled on Monday and Tuesday, then shut down Wednesday. The plant will probably be closed Thursday as well, but Chrysler said it hoped that production would resume by the end of the week. The problem did not affect the steering of the vehicles, Miller said. "It's not a safety issue," he said. "It's what we consider a customer satisfaction issue." Baseball Ad Commitments Down

NEW YORK _ Advertisers in some major league baseball towns are showing little enthusiasm for broadcasts of games featuring replacement players for the regular cast on strike, station and cable network managers say. Ad commitments at the TV stations that carry Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals games are running 65 percent behind a year ago. The cable network that carries New York Yankees baseball says 95 percent or more of its regular advertisers won't buy commercial time in replacement games. Tax Writers Agree on Break

WASHINGTON _ Senate tax writers have agreed to repeal a communications tax break designed to bolster minority ownership of cable and broadcast companies. It was another defeat for Viacom Inc., which wants to use the provision to defer millions in federal taxes. The Senate Finance Committee's action came Wednesday on the same day a federal appeals court here told the government it cannot proceed with an auction designed to give minorities an opportunity to acquire new mobile phone licenses. …

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